Nov 25, 78 • 1723 • Port of Spain-State • 3395

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 323 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978PORTO03395_d.html. The State Department release withheld several names from this cable. They are denoted below in red type.]

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O 251723Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC NIACT IMMEDIATE 3284 A
MEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
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E. O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CASC, OREP (RYAN, LEO),TD
SUBJECT: MEMBERS OF PEOPLES’ TEMPLE IN PORT OF SPAIN.
REFERENCE: STATE 298102 AND PREVIOUS

1. [Richard] JANARO AND OTHERS IN HIS PARTY HAVE PROVIDED EMBASSY WITH PRIVACY ACT AUTHORIZATION AND HAVE NO OBJECTION TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION TO MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES. JANARO AND OTHER MEMBERS OF GROUP PRESENTLY IN PORT OF SPAIN ARE NOT CONCERNED REGARDING THEIR PERSONAL SAFETY AND HAVE REQUESTED THAT NO SPECIAL SECURITY MEASURES BE TAKEN. JANARO HAS INDICATED THAT HIS WIFE, CLAIRE, IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN PORT OF SPAIN FROM GEORGETOWN SOMETIME LATER TODAY.

2. TO ASSIST IN POSSIBLE IDENTIFICATION OF HIS CHILDREN, MAURI AND DAREN, JANARO HAS SUGGESTED THAT THEIR DENTAL RECORDS BE OBTAINED FROM DR. PATRICK HENRY, UKIAH, CALIFORNIA.

3. [Charles] TOUCHETTE AND [Helen] SWINNEY HAVE AGAIN REITERATED THAT THEY HAVE NO FUNDS FOR BURIAL OF MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES WHO

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HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, AND THEY HAVE REQUESTED, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, THAT THE REMAINS BE CREMATED.

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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