156. Telegram From the Station in the Congo to the Central Intelligence Agency1

8842 (In 55582). Ref Leop 8828 (In 53889);2 Leop 8841 (In 55524).3

1. As noted in [Embassy] traffic cited refs, [Identity 1] has emerged from the events of last two weeks, despite his well known shortcomings, as the one figure who by his relative moderation and patience is able to set a limit to impulses of his colleagues in direction ruthless authoritarian regime. Believe [cryptonym not declassified], despite their real fear of revolutionary potential of unions, have recognized need consider international ramifications, and particularly effect on PBPRIME public opinion of methods they use. Thus we now again, as after so many previous crises, emerge with only one logical contender, and [cryptonym not declassified] have been taught that there is some limit to ODYOKE patience.

2. However, it is clear that Station relations with [cryptonym not declassified] would have been strained even without impact of [Embassy] reaction to recent actions of triumvirate in view of what they consider inadequacy our contribution to their political party effort.

[Omitted here is discussion of funding.]

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency Files, Job 78–00435R, DDO/ISS Files, Box 1, Folder 2, [cryptonym not declassified] Support. Secret; Rybat; [cryptonym not declassified]. Received at 1305Z.
  2. [cryptonym not declassified] [Ambassador Gullion] indicated his belief that KUBARK [less than 1 line not declassified] should increase its contribution to [cryptonym not declassified]. [Footnote in the original.] Regarding this telegram, see footnote 4 to Document 154.
  3. Telegram 8841 from Leopoldville to CIA, November 6, stated that the Station believed that what had chiefly upset the [text not declassified] was the small size of the proposed electoral contributions compared to their hopes, in spite of the fact that they previously had been warned of the U.S. intention to introduce economies and stricter accounting. (Central Intelligence Agency Files, Job 78–00435R, DDO/ISS Files, Box 2, Folder 7, [cryptonym not declassified] Operations)