Nov 22, 78 • 0416 • State-Georgetown • 295263

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 70 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE295263_d.html.]

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STATE 295263
ORIGIN SS-25
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SSO-00 CCO-00 /026 R
DRAFTED BY ARA:JABUSHNELL:MG
APPROVED BY ARA:JABUSHNELL
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O 220416Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
S E C R E T STATE 295263
EXDIS
E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: GY, CASC, OREP
SUBJECT: FBI IN GUYANA
REF: GEORGETOWN 3850

1. FBI IS VERY CONCERNED THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN PERMITTED TO SEND SMALL TEAM OF AGENTS TO GUYANA TO ASSIST WITH INVESTIGATION OF DEATH LARGE NUMBER OF AMERICANS. SENIOR DOJ AND FBI OFFICIALS REGRET THAT PROMPT DECISION TO OFFER MORE ASSISTANCE WAS NOT MADE SUNDAY. THEY HAVE NOW DETERMINED THAT ATTACK ON CONGRESSMAN AND US DIPLOMAT NOT ONLY JUSTIFIES BUT VIRTUALLY REQUIRES FBI EFFORTS. MOREOVER, THEY FEEL THAT CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MANY OF AMERICANS IN GUYANA AND IN THE US MEANS THAT INFORMATION FOR CASES THEY ARE PURSUING IN THIS COUNTRY MAY BE AVAILABLE IN GUYANA, E.G. ILLEGAL US ARMS EXPORTS TO GUYANA. STRONG FEELINGS ON THIS SUBJECT IS INDICATED BY FACT THAT DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL CIVILETTI TELEPHONED ME THIS EVENING TO STRESS HIS STRONG CONCERN.

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2. JUSTICE AND FBI SUGGEST THAT STRONGEST ARGUMENTS WITH GOG WOULD BE FOLLOWING:

(A) FBI IS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN MANY FIELDS INCLUDING EXPERIENCE WITH PEOPLE IN VARIOUS CULTS.

(B) GIVEN LARGE NUMBER OF AMERICAN DEAD AND INHERENT COMPLEXITY OF CASE, THERE WILL BE INEVITABLE ACCUSATIONS THAT GOG INVESTIGATION DEFICIENT IN SOME RESPECTS. ACTUAL ON-SITE PARTICIPATION OF SMALL NUMBER FBI WOULD ENHANCE AMERICAN PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN OUTCOME INVESTIGATION.

(C) GIVEN LIKELY LINKS INVESTIGATION TO ACTIVITIES IN US, ON-SITE PRESENCE WOULD FACILITATE COORDINATION AND EXCHANGE WHICH MIGHT BE AT LEAST AS VALUABLE IN GUYANESE PART OF INVESTIGATION AS IN AMERICAN INVESTIGATION.

3. I TOLD MR. CIVILETTI THAT KEY ROLE IN DEVELOPING GOG AGREEMENT TO ADDITIONAL FBI WILL BE PLAYED BY LEGAL ATTACHE NOW IN COUNTRY. TO EXTENT HE CAN DEVELOP TECHNICAL LEVEL REQUESTS FOR FBI ASSISTANCE, IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER FOR YOU TO OBTAIN SENIOR LEVEL APPROVAL. I ASSURED HIM I WOULD COMMUNICATE DOJ AND FBI INTEREST TO YOU AND ASSURED HIM YOU WOULD MAKE APPROPRIATE EFFORTS TO OBTAIN NECESSARY INVITATION/CLEARANCES. HE SAID FBI WOULD BE COMMUNICATING WITH LEGAL ATTACHE ALONG LINES INDICATED ABOVE.

4. I BELIEVE MODEST ADDITIONAL FBI PRESENCE WOULD

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BE IN THE INTEREST OF BOTH GOG AND USG. THUS, I WOULD HOPE ABOVE ARGUMENTS AND OTHERS YOU MAY DEVELOP WILL ENABLE YOU TO ARRANGE CLEARANCES OVER NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

CHRISTOPHER [Acting Secretary of State Warren Christopher]

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Originally posted on March 2nd, 2020.

Last modified on June 24th, 2022.
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