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EDDIE was the field cryptonym for El Quiche during Operation PBSUCCESS. Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS), 1952-1954: Guatemala, stated that EDDIE was El Quiche.

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala: Current Section: Abbreviations and Cryptonyms

Page xv: ..."Eddie, El Quiche..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala: Current Section: 84. 1/23/54-Memorand

01/23/54: Memorandum Prepared in the CIA: Subject: General Concept of Discussions With (REDACTION) Preparing Him for Forthcoming Calligeris Meeting: "I. This memo is prepared for approval C/P PBSUCCESS prior to subject conference, as being the general basis of planning now being conducted within the project in the KUHOOK (CIA Paramilitary Operations Staff) field. It is slanted toward setting (REDACTION) in an advantageous position insofar as his forthcoming meeting with Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas) is concerned and will be followed up in (REDACTION)-Calligeris meeting and Calligeris–Seekford–Cadick (William Robertson) discussions to follow...II. [sic] Framework of General Planning: A. The key targets under consideration, those felt necessarily to be controlled to completely insure total success are: Guatemala garrisons, air facilities, commo, (Guatemala City). Puerto Barrios port, air facilities, commo, and garrison. Jutiapa garrison, commo, and air facilities. Zacapa garrison, commo, and air facilities. Mazatenango, Quezaltenango and Quiche garrisons, commo and air facilities. Coban air facilities, commo and garrison. San Jose garrison and port facilities and commo...III. Existing Basis of Planning: A...Mazatenango, Quezaltenango, and Quiche pose distance and logistical problems plus a personnel drain, plus remoteness which calls for possibilities of the block manner of containment, that causes us to search for self-seizure and block procedures which will control the situation until consolidation of other gains is completed...G. Due to distance, logistical problems and need to utilize personnel at the foregoing projects the ideal will be to organize Mazatenango, Quezaltenango and Quiche to the pint of self-seizure..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala: Current Section: 133. 4/24/54-Memorandum From the Deputy Director for Plans of the Central Intelligence Agency (Wisner) to Director of Central Intelligence Dulles

04/24/54: Memorandum from Frank G. Wisner, Deputy Director for Plans to Director: ..."The Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas) organization presently has four trusted military leaders in the four sectors of Guatemala City and a leader in each of the nine target garrisons. These leaders estimate that, on D-Day, they can capture from within all the garrisons except Quiche, Mazatenango and San Jose, where added efforts to prepare capitulation are in progress...As regards this civilian paramilitary organization, substantial numbers of men in each of the nine garrison areas in Guatemala are already pledged. The number of men available in each garrison area are listed below...I: Total Positive Pledges: Quiche: 187. Total Which There is Reason to Believe Exist in Area & Are Anti-Govt to Point of Taking Action: 1887. III: Calligeris Claimed Support. Presently Unconfirmed but not Disproved: 4000..."


06/11/54: Cable from Guatemala City to Director: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: ..."C. Black member (REDACTION) (as RCVD) arrested, can blow ESSENCE organization in BOND (Puerto Barrios), CAESAR (Quetzaltenango), EDDIE. Can also blow ESSENCE-1 who was previously clean and principal free agent ESSENCE complex..."


06/14/54: Cable from Guatemala to Director: Slugline PBSUCCESS RYBAT: "1. Teams ready at BOND (Puerto Barrios), IKE (San Jose), CAESAR (Quetzaltenango), EDDIE, GOSS (Coban, Guatemala), HANK (Zacapa, Guatemalan Base), ADAM (Guatemala City). Operation A Ref A completed but bulletin para 2 Ref B delayed due police action..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 284. 8/24/54-Telegram From the CIA Station in Guatemala to the Central Intelligence Agency

08/24/54: Telegram from Guatemala Station: ..."M. Meanwhile Calligeris (Carlos Castillo Armas) promised Bannister (probably John Doherty) that he intends divide air force between Puerto San Jose and Puerto Barrios, strengthen Quetzaltenango, Quiche, Zacapa garrisons to point where these will have two companies 80 mm mortars, two companies 60 mm mortars, and two companies heavy weapons each plus one observation plane. Each will make daily flights over surrounding countryside. At same time these key bases will become centers of intensive training of anti Communist army reserve for future eventualities..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala: Current Section: 285. 8/29/54-Telegram From the CIA Station in Guatemala to the Central Intelligence Agency

08/29/54: Telegram from Guatemala Station: ..."20. Colonel Antonio Estrada, Commander Zacapa zone, has promised full collaboration. 21. Garrisons of Coban and Quetzaltenango considered as (REDACTION). He making efforts gain control Quiche and Jutiapa garrisons. 22. Said ESODIC 1 was his man..."

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