[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 425 of the FBI’s RYMUR release. The text was released at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978GEORGE03953_d.html.]
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O 262210Z NOV 78
FM AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN
TO SECSTATE WASHDC NIACT IMMEDIATE 8223
C O N F I D E N T I A L GEORGETOWN 03953
E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: CASC OREP BY AFSP
SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT OF LOCAL LEGAL COUNSEL TO ASSIST USG TO DISCHARGE RESPONSIBILITIES IN CONNECTION WITH JONESTOWN DISASTER AND ESTATES OF DECEASED AMERICANS.
REF: STATE 299133 AND PREVIOUS
HAVE REFLECTED AT SOME LENGTH ON IMPLICATIONS REFERRED TO IN PARA ONE REFTEL. CONTINUE TO FEEL, HOWEVER, THAT LUCKHOO IS THE BEST QUALIFIED LOCAL ATTORNEY AVAILABLE WHO HAS EXCELLENT ACCESS TO GOG MINISTRIES AND DEPARTMENTS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BEING POLITICALLY NEUTRAL VIS-A-VIS THE BURNHAM GOVERNMENT. ANY OTHER CHOICE WILL BE LESS QUALIFIED AND/OR POLITICALLY TAINTED.
BURKE [John Burke, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana]