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November 30, 1968
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--`{;f'YRGHT adi59 Approved For Release : CPYRGHT Rcimp;arts 30 November 1968 tellin Ra ti l Mi h l d b fi h y g an ar c e e e c y s e ti how the cIa had taken over command of the search for Cho and hip ruerrrillas since first pinpointing him in Bolivia in February 1967, and how agents Felix Ramos and Eduardo Gonzalez had made several supervisory visits to the guerrilla zone as the net drew tighter. Miss Ray's article was widely criti- cized when it first appeared, but subse- quent events suggest that if anything, she underestiroated the extant of the vq~ we., A4 . Li. "V 1 0P-&-t- eA t C 04 cIA s vendetta against ..he and the scope of its subversion in Bolivia. Dramatic confirmation of her thesis came in July after RAMP'Aa'rs and Bantam Books pub- lished Chi's diaries, having obtained rights from, Che's widow, Aleida March do Guevara, and from the Cuban gov- ernment. In the middy, of the month, Antonio Arguedas, Bolivia's minister o: the interior and a close personal friend of President Reno Barientos, suddenly disappeared from La Paz. He turned up at l:cuique, Chile, a week later on July 19, and revealed that he had been work- ing for the cu since 1964. Arg^aedas also said that it was he who had sent a copy of the diaries to Fidel Castro and that he had been forced to flea Bolivia because the c.,A had discovered this act (See ll.. pmm, Nov. 17, 1963]. Mao crA's concern with Che's diaries, however, began long before any copies were passed to Arguedas. The moment', Cho was murdered, Ramos and Con- xalez began sifting carefully through. the documents that had been captured. with the guerrillas, ineludiny messages sent from the Bolivian jungle to Cuba and those returned from Castro to Cho. "hit the ca was not the only one to make use of tine diaries. The Bolivian High Command claimed them as spoils of war, and by order of the generals they were also given to Andrew St. George, a Hungarian refugee, now a journalist. St. George's job was to ped- dle the diaries to the American publish- ing industry for the highest price he .Could get and then split the take with the generals. The negotiations were truly bizarre. With the CIA's encouragement, St. George and the generals made a tenta- tive deal with Magnutn, a photograph- ers' news consortium. Magnum was to. pay the Bolivians a $125,000 advance, royalties of 33 per cent on the first $100,000, 50 per cent on from $100,- 000 to $1 million and 55 per cent on anything above $1 million. Ti s generals were hoping that their profit on thu documents would help recoup the $3 million of U.S. aid money it cost them to capture Cisc. However, the original deal which St. George set up miscairricd when Magnum's French part- ners decided that they didn't want to trathc in Clio's remains and persuaded a majority of the consortium's inemberr to vote to discontinue negotiations. Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00001 R000100050013-8