272. Telegram From the Central Intelligence Agency to the CIA Station in [place not declassified]1

07707. Please deliver following to JMBLUG from Ascham: I have seen Holland’s cable to you2 and wish strongly to reinforce views expressed regarding treatment of Calligeris. I need not stress responsibilities and loyalties [Page 416]resulting from operational background with which you are familiar. Naturally I cannot judge relative merits of the two individuals as I know neither of them personally. I do know that Calligeris was the chosen instrument to effect a high objective and that his actions have contributed mightily to that end. He has borne the risks and if he were now to feel that he had been double crossed not only would our moral position suffer but we would be incurring the gravest of security risks. My great admiration for you personally and for the skill with which you have handled this matter makes me feel that this message is probably unnecessary nevertheless I wish you to know how I feel particularly as I see from Holland’s message that this view is not inconsistent with that of ODACID and because the security of our ops may be involved.

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency, Job 79–01025A, Box 9, Folder 4. Secret; Operational Immediate; RYBAT; PBSUCCESS. Drafted by Dulles. Repeated to the CIA Station in Guatemala.
  2. Not further identified.