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0i08V?Pr00 NOT RELEASABLE TO 18 December 1955 ? T'i (1RFT(SN NATTnNAT.C / SC No. 05293/55 CONTINUED CONTROL Copy No. a n2 - too CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT N4 O -2-O NO CHANGE IN CLASS, El DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED TO: TS S C NEXT REVIEW DATE: 01 O AUTH: HR 70-2 DATE: EVIEWER: 019360 ft av%k' Ofce of Current Intelligence CENTRAL INTE]LLIGENCE AGENCY THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE KEPT IN COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS AT ALL TIMES This document contains information -affecting the national defense of the United States within the meaning of the espio- nage laws, U. S. Code title 18, Sections 793, 794,and 798, the transmission or the revelation of the contents of which in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. It is to be seen only by U. S. personnel especially indoctrinated and authorized to receive COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE information. The security of this document must be main- tained in accordance with COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE REGULATIONS. No action is to be take, on any COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE which may be contained herein, regardless of the advantage to be gained, unless such action is first approved by the Director of Central Intelligence. or, 0/08E9P6-k-0FXT00 or Approved For ReleaseJ000/08/29: CIA-RDP79T00975AQp2300300001-2 Comments and interpretations in this publication are based on all sources, including COMINT, and repre- sent the immediate views of the Office of Current In- telligence. The classification of a comment is noted separately only when it is higher than that of the re- port commented on. Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-RDP79T00975A002300300001-2 Approved For Relea 2000/08/ 9T0097002300300001-2 25X1A CONTENTS 1, LAOTIAN OFFICIAL FORESEES LITTLE CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING ELECTIONS (page 3). 2. NEW REVOLT REPORTED BEING ORGANIZED IN BRAZIL (page 4). THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (page 5) 18 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 2 Approved For Release 2000/08/2925 1 9TOO975AO02300300001-2 Approved For Relea 2000/08/2 79T0097+002300300001-2 25X1A 25X1A 1. LAOTIAN OFFICIAL FORESEES LITTLE CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT FOLLOWING ELECTIONS Laotian minister of commerce Ngon Sananikone,.elieves that following the 25 December election the balance of power in the coalition cabinet will remain substantially the same, with Prime Minister Katay and Foreign Minister Phoui continuing to be the dominant figures. Ngon said that the principal change ex- pected is the departure of Defense Minister Souvanna Phouma to Paris as Lao representative there. Comment The departure of Souvanna Phouma, who has often been at odds with his colleagues, would contribute to the cabinet's stability. Katay's Progressive Party and Phoui's Independent Party are each expected to win one third of the assembly seats. The two parties now hold 28 seats in the 39-member assembly. These two groups have formed a loose alliance during the campaign to decrease the prospects of any Pathet Lao sympathizer being elected, and they can be expected to favor continued co-operation with the United States. 18 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 3 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 :2GhRDP79T00975A002300300001-2 Approved For Releas2000/08/29: IA-RD fPJ79TRO97 02300300001-2 20 NEW REVOLT REPORTED BEING ORGANIZED IN BRAZIL 25X1A 25X1 C A revolt to restore Joao Cafe Filho to the presidency of Brazil and to prevent the inauguration of Presi- dent-elect Juscelino Kubitschek and Vice President-elect Joao Goulart is now being planned for some, time before 5 January, The influential former air minister Gen. Eduardo Gomes and the governors of the states of Sao Paulo and Pernam- buco are said to be involved, with support expected from elements in all three armed services. 25X1 C The organizers are said to feel that sentiment in the armed forces against the present regime of Acting President Nereu Ramos and War Minister General Lott is sufficiently widespread to attract "much spontaneous support" for the revolt once it is under way. Comment It seems unlikely that organization to carry out a plot could be very ad-. vanced because anti-Kubitschek leaders have probably been under watch since the mid-November coup. Kubitschek himself is confident that such plots have no chance of success, since he reportedly plans to leave Brazil for visits to Europe and the United States prior to taking office. The Brazilian embassy in Washington "tentatively" expects him to arrive here on January 10. Plotting against the present interim gov- ernment and against permitting Kubitschek and Goulart from taking office on 31 January has probably increased since the unconstitutional act of not permitting President Cafe to re- turn to office on 21 November after the president's phy- sicians stated that he was physically fit and able to resume office. 18 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 4 Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : 1kDP79T00975A002300300001-2 Approved For Relea 2000/08/29. 79T0097 002300300001-2 25X1A THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION 25X1 A (Information as of 1700, 18 December) 25X1A significant military activity has 25X1A been reported. In interviews with United States Informa- tion, Agency director Streibert in Tel Aviv on 14 and 15 Decem- ber, Israeli prime minister Ben Gurion said he was prepared to talk immediately with Egyptian prime minister Nasr about a peace settlement. Ben Gurion proposed as specific steps: (1) a cease-fire between Egypt and Israel, with a promise by Israel to abstain from retaliation even in the face of provoca- tion during the time required to get an answer from Nasr; (2) strict observance of the armistice agreement; (3) opening of discussions. Ben Gurion said he accepted the idea, broached earlier to Streibert by Nasr, that boundaries and compensation for refugees should be the topics for discussion, and that boundary problems could be handled on a "give and take" basis. The American embassy in Tel Aviv believes that Ben Gurion's statements regarding boundary discussions and abstention from retaliation mark some advance over overtures the Israeli leader has made in the past. Ben Gurion also said, however, that he doubted Nasr wanted a settlement. He added that "we are deadly afraid" and that "I have to think of possibilities of our border settlements being destroyed, of tens of thousands of the flower of our youth losing their lives, and of Tel Aviv and Haifa bein destroyed in half an hour from the air. " The American embassy believes that in line with his talks with Streibert, Ben Gurion currently is inclined to give great weight to what he regards as his duty to insure the rights and. protection of Israeli border settlers. From conversations with Israeli Foreign Ministry officials, the embassy has received the impression that the decision to launch the 11-12 December raid on Syria was made b the prime minister "very much on his own. " 25X1A 18 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 5 25X.1 A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 9T00975A002300300001-2 Approved For Release 2000/08/ . 79TOO95A002300300001-2 25X1A 25X1X watching BEAGLE" (IL-28) aircraft flying over the Cairo West field on 14 and 15 December concluded that the planes were being flown by "cautious be inners 11 according to the American air attache. in Cairo. 25X1A 18 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 6 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 M 00975AO02300300001-2