Nov 24, 78 • 2044 • Port of Spain-State • 3381

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 290 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978PORTO03381_d.html. The State Department release withheld all names associated with Peoples Temple from this cable. They are denoted in red type.]

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PORT O 03381 242046Z
ACTION SCS-06
INFO OCT-01 ARA-11 ISO-00 CA-01 H-01 FBIE-00 SY-05
EUR-12 SSO-00 /037 W
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O 242044Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3280
AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE

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E. O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CASC, TD
SUBJECT: MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES’ TEMPLE AT PORT OF SPAIN.

REFERENCE: (A) STATE 297282; (B) PORT OF SPAIN 3372

AS INDICATED REF B, HELEN SWINNEY HAS INDICATED TO EMBASSY THAT HER HUSBAND WAS PRESUMED TO BE AT JONESTOWN AT THE TIME OF THE MASS SUICIDE. TO REPEAT, THE THREE U. S. CITIZENS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES’ TEMPLE PRESENTLY IN PORT OF SPAIN ARE HELEN SWINNEY, RICHARD M. JANARO, AND CHARLES E. TOUCHETTE. A FOURTH MEMBER, PHILIP BLAKEY, IS A BRITISH CITIZEN.

O’Mahony [Joseph O’Mahony, Deputy Chief of Mission]

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Originally posted on March 3rd, 2020.

Last modified on June 29th, 2022.
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