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December 12, 2016
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August 5, 1954
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Approved For Release 2002/0 LROP79R00890A0(03000?0003-1 NSC DEXE"IN August 10#4 months regarding former Thai pram; Pridi Phanonyong was 23 July Peiping radio broadcast that he guest of honor at banquet of China Peace Committee. A. Pridi, who worked underground with Allies in World War 11, headed Thai government after Japan's defeat, vanished after 1947 coup lead by Thailand's present premier, Marshal Phibun. Whereabouts since 1947 obscure; often reported in China. ppearance quickly followed by my byline in Emle's Daily. Article parroted Communist line, with usual nods to "peaceful coexistence," trade with "People's Democracies," great victory for "peace" in china C. More important, piece violently condemned Thai government as "reactionary puppet', American imperialists, with whom plotting aggression. Thai people warned they "duty- bound" overthrow government, thereby rester Thailand's good name. Approved For Release 2002/08/06 : i .. ':J D?,TE: 890A7 008-1 ._ REVIEWER : 25X1 Approved For Release 2002/08It 79R0089OA000300050008-1 Il . Re-emer appears important step in tpln; d ps chologica Phibun regime. A. Ultimate objective campaigns ;aiust pro-'e present Thai government abandon West, accommodate aunist power. It not, replace regime one that will accommodate. However, doubtful Peiping thinks any present chance armed uprisings and return Priest. 1. Few Communist activists in Thailand, either Chinese or Thai. 2.. Anti-government groups, who not necessarily pro-communist, been weakened, dispersed during Phibun ' s long tenure ug*s sponsorship Pridi perhaps equally intended for --particularly Surma. A. Contrast between Pe?pi ng t s kind words for eutraliats" and vitriolic attacks pro-Western Thailand obvious. Id have effect on leaders with latest SEATO sympathies. A-F Approved For Release 2002/08/06 : CIA 9f,00890A000300050008-1 Approved For Release 2002/08/06 : CIA-RDP79R0089OA000300050008-1 di's reappeara usness Thai regime. A. Thai leaders fea have done all ssibie discredit 14 1.d: article frenzied,* fresh round-up pridi-ites; alert of armed forces step" Thailand. Although Thai leaders publicly defend pro-Western A* indications private doubt over wisdom this pol rued article "first unist campaign conquest a armistice, Premier Phibun Bangkok report tha That leaders consider defend area. USIA official given clear indication Wes ova newspaper warned West that Southeast Asia might accommodate to Communism unless va danger tally influential Thai group has doubted that US would come to *tense Thailand in showdown. Approved For Release 2002/08/06 : CIA-RDP79R0089OA000300050008-1 e---. i ~~_ ~~~ 25X6 Approved For Release 20021 8106 CIA-RDP79R0089OA000300050008-1 Danger some government leaders Will Come share this vier, since advocates or eat to neutrality can argue Pridi's real or imagined threat to continued more ruling clique. Approved For Relea5 08/06: CIA-RDP79R0089OA000300050008-1