122. Telegram 149761 From the Department of State to the Embassy in Brazil at Rio de Janeiro, Washington, September 4, 1969, 2256Z.1 2

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TELEGRAM
Department of State
149761

4 SEP 69 2256Z

ACTION: AmEmbassy RIO DE JANEIRO FLASH

STATE
EXDIS

Reference: Belton/Dean Telcon

Subject: Kidnapping of Ambassador

1. Concerning demands contained in kidnapper’s note, our position vis-a-vis GOB should be that safe return of Amb Elbrick is of over-riding importance to us and we urge that all measures be taken, including compliance with kidnapper’s demands if necessary. Should it appear that any GOB strategy concerning the search is carrying them dangerously close to the 48-hour deadline without locating the Ambassador, you should reiterate forcefully our desire for GOB compliance with kidnappers’ demands.
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  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 23–9 BRAZ. Secret; Exdis; Flash. Drafted by Dean; cleared by Meyer and Executive Secretary Eliot; and approved by Richardson.
  2. Under Secretary Richardson stated that the U.S. Government should comply with the demands of the kidnappers to secure Ambassador Elbrick’s release.