62. Telegram From [location not declassified] to the Central Intelligence Agency1

0283 [less than 1 line not declassified]. 1. Thanks for Patrice. If we had known he was coming we would have baked a snake.

2. Per [name not declassified] GOK had no advance word whatsoever. Lumumba severely beaten at airport by gendarmerie, then taken Jadotville prison where guarded by all white guards. GOK does not plan liquidate Lumumba. [name not declassified] fears chances of Balubakat uprising in Eville considerably increased.2

End of message.

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency Files, [text not declassified], Folder 3. Secret; Routine. Repeated priority to Leopoldville. Received at 0135Z.
  2. Most of this cable is quoted in Interim Report, p. 51.