Dec 27, 78 • 2010 • Port of Spain-State • 3456

[Editor’s note: This document was released both as a State Department cable as part of its 1981 FOIA release, and as Serial 1448 of the FBI’s RYMUR release.

[The State Department release withheld all names associated with Peoples Temple from this cable. The ones that are known to the editor are denoted below in red type.]

0 272010Z DEC 78
FM AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN PRIORITY
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3456
UNCLAS PORT OF SPAIN 03697
E.O. 12065: N/A
TAGS: CASC
SUBJ: TRAVEL OF MEMBERS OF PEOPLE’S TEMPLE

1. PEOPLE’S TEMPLE MEMBER CHARLES TOUCHETTE HAS RETURNED TO TRINIDAD FROM BARBADOS ON BOARD THE “ALBATROSS III”. CHARLES TOUCHETTE INDICATES HE PLANS TO CONTINUE [WORDS DELETED] UNTIL CONTRARY INSTRUCTIONS ARE RECEIVED FROM PT ATTORNEYS IN SAN FRANCISCO. PRESENT PLANS ARE TO REMAIN IN TRINIDAD FOR 2-3 WEEKS AS HE CLAIMS THE VESSEL REQUIRES DRY DOCK REPAIRS.

2. CHARLES TOUCHETTE FURTHER STATED THAT HE HAS BEEN IN TELEPHONE CONTACT WITH HIS SON MICHAEL TOUCHETTE IN GEORGETOWN. MICHAEL TOUCHETTE PURPORTEDLY HAD BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION BY GUYANESE AUTHORITIES TO TRAVEL TO TRINIDAD TO VISIT HIS FATHER WAS REPORTEDLY STOPPED FROM BOARDING AN AIR FRANCE FLIGHT ON DECEMBER 26 BECAUSE HE ALLEGEDLY DID NOT HAVE A VISA FOR TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. AS VISAS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR US CITIZENS TO ENTER TRINIDAD, CHARLES TOUCHETTE WOULD APPRECIATE ANY CLARIFICATION EMBASSY MIGHT BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AS TO WHETHER HIS SON HAS, IN FACT, BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION TO LEAVE GUYANA. MICHAEL TOUCHETTE WAS REPORTEDLY GOING TO TRAVEL WITH PT MEMBER [NAME DELETED] WOULD ALSO BEEN RESIDING AT LAMAHA GARDENS.

O’MAHONY [Joseph O’Mahony, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain]

UNCLASSIFIED
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Originally posted on March 25th, 2020.

Last modified on July 17th, 2022.
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