GUATEMALA: Plot Within a Plot

For more than a week, Guatemalan anti-Communists had been mysteriously disappearing into jail, scrambling to asylum in embassies, hopping over the border. Was there a rebellious plot afoot? Not at all, said the Red-wired government soothingly. Then, at the end of last week, the government swung all the way around, announced that a fearsome plot had indeed been uncovered, and issued a 5,000-word white paper to tell all about it.

Nicaragua's President Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza, the government charged excitedly, was scheming with Guatemalan anti-Communists to invade Guatemala.

The plot, the white paper hinted, had the support of the U.S., Venezuela, El...

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