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December 8, 1958
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3.3(h)(2) 8 December 1958 Copy No. C CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO. NO CHANGE f'\: TO: T3 '' 5 4. ?/. EVIEWER: -T-O ET -P-SECR- /zzzrzzz frz Ap .......... 20120/071/23-66299-83-916/1/ Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2998398 v n E. I AMINO Approved for Release: CO2998398 Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2998398 I v.( 8 December 1958 I. THE COMMUNIST BLOC Khrushchev claims USSR has a highly efficient nuclear bomb and a '7, 500- nautical-mile missile; he disparages Chinese communes. USSR "leaking" hints that East Berlin may be included in free-city proposals.� Soviet space operation on 4 December probably failed. II. ASIA - AFRICA UAR-supported overthrow of Iraqi premier apparently scheduled for 10 December. Greek Government arrests leaders of Communist-front political opposi- tion. Jordan - King Husayn warned that Syrians plotting to assassinate him. Indonesia - Army headquarters ad- vises commanders that dissidents may step up military activity this month. - III. THE WEST Netherlands Government coalition under heavy pressure. Anti-Communist parties win over- whelming�election victory in West Berlin. Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2998398� V Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2998398 101110 -� � 1 I V� CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 8 December 1958 DAILY BRIEF I. THE COMMUNIST BLOC USSR: IChrushchev strongly disparaged the Chinese Comm-art communes in his recent conversation with Senator Humphrey, describing them as simply a means of applying massive amounts of labor in agriculture. Stating that the USSR unsuccessfully experimented with a "sirnilar" organi- zation in its early days, he added that the Soviet regime had I since shifted to methods which recognized the importance of C incentives. In discussing internal political affairs, Khru- ,.shchev" said that he intended to reduce the role of the secret pollee further. He also admitted that, before the meeting of the central committee in June 1957--which gave him his vic- tory over the "antiparty group"--there had been a majority of seven to four against him in the party presidium. (Page 1) He also bragged that the USSR now has a 7,500-nautical- mile rocket and a five-megaton bomb using onl one4entlf� the fissionable material formerly required. (Pages 2 and 3) . USSR - Berlin: The Kremlin is probing for Western disunity on Berlin by unofficially hinting that it might agree to include East Berlin in the "free city" and to place air and land access routes under United Nations control. So- viet'sources have suggested that the USSR would also be willing to remove the East German capital to another city. Such ideas will probably be given further attention through rICrentlinl"leaks" in various Western-capitals. TOP SECRET 4Approved for Release: 2/620/01/23 CO2998398 rA VA Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2998398 TOP SECRET USSR - Space Venture: Although there is still doubt as to the type of space operation which the USSR attempted on 4 December, and insufficient evidence to determine con- fidently thadegree of stiese)e5% achieved, GMIC believes that available data indicate the vehicle probably failed to attain its objective. (Page 4) II. ASIA - AFRICA *Iraq: The UAR-supported overthrow of Iraqi Pre- mier Qasim appears scheduled for the ni ht of 10 Decem- ber, The coup is to be accompanied by an uprising of Iraqi tribes, and fedayeen of unknown na- 1/0 tionality are to participate. The Iraqi conspirators are pressing Cairo to expedite delivery of essential supplies, possibly weapons, explosives or funds. The Iraqi con- spirators have requested that UAR troops stationed at Habbaniya air base in western Iraq not interfere during the coup. Premier Qasim had been warned earlier of the con- spiracy, but he may not retain enough army support to cope with it. At least some important army officers are known to be among the conspirators. Greece: The arrest on 5 Decemb�r of a leader of the Communist-front United Democratic Left (EDA) may signal an all-out offensive by the Greek Government against the major opposition party in the Chamber of Deputies. The simultaneous announcement that 13 members of a clandestine Communist organization had been arrested--the arrests ac- tually having taken place more than a month ago�indicates that the Karamanlis government is trying to divert public attention from its recent failure to win UN backing on the Cyprus issue. Arrests of other EDA leaders and the cbs- 1ng of the arty newspaper Avgi are probable. (Page 5) 8 Dec 58 DAILY BRIEF Li TOP SECRET z AApproved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2998398 ////9////7/ ////// W/A ' / /Approved for Release: a)a)/01/23 co2998398 440/ F"SECRET 11111.1 ':����% , Jordan: Former Lebanese President Chamoun in- formed King Husayn of a reported Syrian plot to assassinate the Jordanian monarch and effect a military coup. Husayn's security officials have been un- able to identify the Jordanian officers allegedly involved in the plot and have sent an official to Beirut for further details. (Page 6) Indonesia: Army headquarters in Djakarta has ad- vised its territorial commanders that dissident forces in Sumatra and North Celebes may step up their military ac- tivity this month. The dissidents are short of ammunition and generally lack the capability of sustaining a concerted military offensive, but they still are capable of mounting sporadic campaigns against population centers and of harassing substantial portions of Sumatra and North Celebes. This activity would probably be an attempt to bolster their waning prestige. (Page 7) III. THE WEST The Netherlands: The coalition government of Willem Drees has been under heavy pressure recently, primarily because Drees' own Labor party is increasingly perturbed over apparent losses of electoral support. Foreign Minis- ter Luns believes the cabinet may resign this week as a re- sult of disagreement about changes in tax laws. (Page 8) *West Berlin Election: The unprecedented absolute majority adhieved by the Social Democratic party (SPD) in the 7 December election in West Berlin may lead SPD Mayor Willy Brandt into an open clash with Chancellor Adenauer on the Berlin question. Brandt, who now will be able to claim a much greater voice in Bonn's deliberations over counterpro- posals to the Khrushchev "free-city" proposals, has already differed with Bonn by indicating a willingness to include all 8 Dec 58 DAILY BRIEF iii TOP SECRET -47 .:5