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Cryptonym: PBHISTORY

Definition:
"Central Intelligence Agency project to gather and analyze documents from the Arbenz government in Guatemala that would incriminate Arbenz as a Communist."
Status:
Documented
Sources:

FRUS, 1952-1954: Guatemala, p.xvii: Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala

The State Department volume on Guatemala has a section entitled "abbreviations and cryptonyms." The entry for PBHISTORY reads "Central Intelligence Agency project to gather and analyze documents from the Arbenz government in Guatemala that would incriminate Arbenz as a Communist."

FRUS, 1952-1954: Guatemala, p.447: Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala

The PBHISTORY project was a post-coup project, utilizing documents found in Guatemalan government offices, presumably to provide post-coup justification for the operation. This page of a State Dept. volume notes that "The PBHISTORY team reviewed more than 500,000 documents", but "the report admitted that very few Communist damaging documents had been found."

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Jerry Ennis • MFF

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