GUATEMALA 1954 DECLASSIFIED

The U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have
declassified and published thousands of pages of documents
concerning the U.S. covert action in Guatemala that led to the
overthrow of Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman in 1954.

The overthrow of Arbenz had profound consequences for Guatemala, the
CIA and the conduct of the cold war generally that were explored at
a public conference sponsored by the State Department May 15-16.

The conference coincided with the publication of a new supplementary
volume of Foreign Relations of the United States (1954) devoted to
Guatemala, 1952-54. See:

 

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A 1983 FRUS volume concerning Guatemala in the same period drew
widespread criticism because it omitted mention of the CIA-
instigated coup. The State Department has posted the relevant
portions of that earlier volume here:

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/frus/ike/iv!!!!

 

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The Central Intelligence Agency has published an impressive
selection of declassified documents reflecting its role in the 1954
Guatemala coup which are available here:

 

http://www.foia.cia.gov/guatemala.asp!!!!

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