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Cryptonym: ESCONSON-7

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Unknown identity. A report on June 11, 1954, described ESCONSON-7 as a person with contacts in labor circles.
A cable on June 27, 1954, stated that one of the sources was ESCONSON-7 from CGTG contacts.


06/07/54: Report from Joseph R. Kendon and Earle N. Bannister (probably John Doherty) from Guatemala City, Guatemala: "Source: ESCONSON-2 from ESCONSON-7. Subject: Meeting of the Comite Juvenil Contra la intervencion Extranjera: Guatemalan businessman (B) (REDACTION)..."


06/11/54: Report from Withheld and Earle N. Bannister (probably John Doherty): "Source: ESCONSON-2 from ESCONSON-7 from Oscar Humberto Toledo of the CGTG. Subject: Instructions received by Guatemalan Communist Labor Leaders who traveled to Mexico in April 1954: Guatemalan businessman (B) from a person having contacts in labor circles (C) from a Guatemalan Communist (F)..."


06/14/54: Report from Joseph R. Kendon and Earle N. Bannister (probably John Doherty) from Guatemala City, Guatemala: "Source: ESCONSON-2 from ESCONSON-7 (REDACTION). Subject: Special Joint CGTG-CNCG Assembly: Guatemalan businessman (B) (REDACTION)..."


06/17/54: Report from Joseph R. Kendon and Earle N. Bannister (probably John Doherty) from Guatemala City, Guatemala: "Source: ESCONSON-2 from ESCONSON-7 (REDACTION). Subject: Communist Agit-Prop Work Among Guatemalan Peasants & Workers: Trained investigator (B) from a local Communist (F)..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala: Current Section: 222. 6/22/54-Telegram From the CIA Station in Guatemala to Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida

06/22/54: Telegram from Guatemala Station to Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida: "929. Ref LINC 4165. (2) 1. No indication ref true at this moment. 2. Reports from ESCONSON 2 and 7 indicated Commies and Commie dominated workers claim they intend attack embassies of unfriendly govts and especially PBPRIME (U.S.) embassy where expect seize documentation proving ODYOKE (U.S. Government)–Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas) collaboration. 3. Strafing attack morning 22 June described by competent PBPRIME observer as pathetic. One small oil tank on outskirts of city hit but fire out in 20 minutes. Flak not suppressed. Plane apparently did not come lower than thousand feet at anytime. ESAGE, ESPERANCE. 4. Public impression is that attacks show incredible weakness, lack of decision, and fainthearted effort. Calligeris efforts widely described as farce. Anti Commie anti govt morale near vanishing point. ESPERANCE, ESQUIRE, ESTIMATOR, ESCONSON. 5. One lone plane attacking half heartedly at this stage of game gives impression weakness. If Adam (Guatemala City) targets to be attacked, suggest some show real strength. Display this morning far more damaging our cause than to govt and Commies. Govt widely accusing ODYOKE of being involved in this insurrection and the people believe this to be so. Weakness and lack of decision is attributed to ODYOKE and will be reflected in attitude of people and especially of Commies and pro govt irregulars toward lives and property of PBPRIME residents in WSBURNT (Guatemala). Only force and decision will be respected. Words are useless."


06/27/54: Cable from Guatemala City to Director: RYBAT PBSUCCESS: REF: GUAT 970 (IN 22580): "1. CGTG and CNCG under leadership PGT are arming campesinos and urban 'defense brigades' for action WSBURNT (Guatemala) capital if army loses. Also Indians in villages throughout country being stiffened by agitators for resistance to Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas). 2. La Aurora base and Guardia de Honor have been evacuated. Arms and troops are spread around, those from Guardia de Honor now behind 'tribuna del campo de morte' and at Santa Rosita on the barranco. Matamoros base also being evacuated after bombing. Some 1000 troops of above mentioned units still in capital. Regt sent to front. Many contingents armed peasants also sent to front. Total govt forces in field some 3 to 4 thousand. 3. Sources: Para 1 ESCONSON-7 from CGTG contacts. Para 2 ESCONSON-3 (REDACTION)...Cable Secretariat Comment: A tempo copy of the above message was issued to Mr. (REDACTION) at 0330 27 June 54."

Gavin McDonald

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