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s . cl ?'b9'? V11111W111111'0W1 9ffi@5IFE9^z3odyfGy~F NOT RELEASABLE TO FOREIGN NATIONALS CONTINUED CONTROL CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO, NO CHANGE IN CLASS.. L: DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED TO: TS S C NEXT REVIEW DATE: 2 0 C Q AIJTH: HR 70-2 DATE; EVtEWER: 019380 I. OFFICE OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 24 December 1955 SC No. 06 5 f 55 4 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. THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE KEPT IN COMMUNICATIONS INTELLIGENCE CHANNELS AT ALL TIMES 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 taken 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. Approved For Release W0108/29: CIA-RDP79TOO975AO023006NO01-7 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-RDP79T00975AO02300350001-7 Approved For Release 200,00/ 8/29: CIA-R 00230035(41-7 25X1A CONTENTS 1. SOVIET OFFICIALS INDICATE MOLOTOV OUSTER IMMINENT (page 3). 25X1A 2. HUNGARY'S ENTRY INTO UN SPARKS LOCAL ANTI- US REACTION (page 4). 25X1A 3. THAI PREMIER MAY USE RESIGNATION AS DEVICE TO RESHUFFLE CABINET - (page 5). 25X1A 4. AFGHANISTAN MAKES OVERTURES TO US AND PAKISTAN (page 6). 25X1A 5. BOLIVIAN GOVERNMENT REPORTED EXPECTING COUP (page 7). THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (page 8) 24 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 2 Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-F '4T00975A002300350001-7 Approved For Release 20008/29: iM- 00350:1-7 1. SOVIET OFFICIALS INDICATE MOLOTOV OUSTER IMMINENT Two recent reports suggest that V. M. Molotov may soon be re- moved from his post as Soviet for- eign minister, possibly at the Su- preme Soviet session scheduled for 26 December. Soviet first deputy minister of foreign trade P. N. Kumykin, in reply to a question in early November, stated that Molotov would be relieved of his post as for- eign minister at the next Supreme Soviet session. Accord- ing to Kumykin, Molotov was too rigid to administer the "new" flexible Soviet foreign policy line properly, and would be replaced by Soviet planning chief M. Z. Saburov. Recently I. G. Chechetkin, first secre- tary of the Soviet UN delegation, told a US UN representative he believed there would be a number of changes in the Soviet Foreign Ministry in the near future. He added that A. F. Dobrynin, former counselor-minister of the Soviet embassy in the United States, had taken a "very big chance" in be- coming Molotov's personal assistant. Comment Molotov's position has become increas- ingly insecure during 1955. V. V. Kuz- netsov and A. A. Gromyko, both first deputy foreign minis- ters, are generally regarded as more likely candidates than Saburov. 24 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 3 Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : 00350001-7 Approved For Release 20OU8/29 : CIA- A002300350f,1-7 2. HUNGARY'S ENTRY INTO UN SPARKS LOCAL ANTI-US REACTION 25X1A Since Hungary's admission to the UN, the American legation in Budapest has received an unusual number of anony- mous telephone calls in which the cal- lers denounce the United States as a traitor to the Hungarian people and question America's adherence to the moral prin- ciples it professes. has told the legation that popular reaction in rural areas in northern Hungary is unexpectedly strong and vocal, and that his impression was that the people, already depressed, equate Hungary's admis- sion into the UN with driving the last nail into their coffin. The legation reports that the regime is exploiting the situation by editorials proclaiming the victory of the socialist states over an isolated United States. Comment A sense of hopelessness has become in- creasingly apparent among the populations of several of the Satellites since the Geneva conference in July. Though no reaction reports have been received from Rumania, Bulgaria or Albania, which were admitted to the United Nations at the same time, the UN vote will probably increase the belief of many in the Satellites that the only way they can improve their standard of livin is to support Communist programs. 24 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 4 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : Cl 75A002300350001-7 Approved For Release 20N/08/29: CIA- 023003501-7 25X1A 3. THAI PREMIER MAY USE RESIGNATION AS DEVICE. TO RESHUFFLE CABINET Comment on: Although Premier Phibun evaded the issue in a 23 December press confer- ence, it is probable that he is consid- ering either resignation or dissolution of his cabinet as a strategem to reduce the influence of Police Director General: -Phao. the premier had, in fact, informed the cabinet of his intention to resi n in the next few weeks. 25X611 25X6 any resignation would be simply a formality and that Phibuun would immediately form a new government excluding certain ministers who have been "creating difficulties.' Government newspapers, in an evi- dent attempt to discredit General Phao's faction as well as the police, are stressing Phibun's irritation over disregard of his orders to investigate police corruption and put into effect certain democratic reforms. Although it is uncertain how far Phibun intends to press his campaign against Phao, these develop- ments foreshadow a period of greater political tension in Bangkok. 24 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 5 Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : CIA-7T00975A002300350001-7 Approved For Release 200%0$/29: CIA- A0023003501-7 4. AFGHANISTAN MAKES OVERTURES TO US AND PAKISTAN The American embassies in Kabul and Karachi report that the Afghan government is making friendly over- tures to the United States and Paki- stan. Finance Minister Malik, a strong supporter of Prime Minister Daud, has accepted an invitation, to visit the United States Foreign Minister Naim has suggested to the Pakistani charge in Kabul that the Pakistani governor general visit Kabul as guest of the king. The Afghan government has asked the Morrison-Knudsen Company to construct a new headquar- ters.building in Kabul for.the Helmand Valley Authority. The company has also been granted 200,000 for work on Kandahar airport. 24 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 6 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : Cl 00230035.0001-7 Approved For Release 200/08/29: CIA-R 00230035Q&Q1-7 5. BOLIVIAN GOVERNMENT REPORTED EXPECTING COUP 25X1A The Bolivian government is reported to be ex- pecting a coup "on or about 23 Decem- ber.,, On 22 December the government notified all militant members of the governing Nationalist Revolutionary Movement; Party of a state of emergency, and ordered all police and carabineros to remain at their posts on a stand-by basis. Comment Should a coup be attempted, it probably would be by the Coalition of Anti-Commu- nist Parties, notably the extreme rightist Bolivian Socialist Falange, which. attempted a coup in November 1953. The government should have no difficulty in containing any coup attempt by these forces. The rumors of a coup may have been government instigated to serve as a pretext for not granting a promised Christmas amnesty to political prisoners, many of them members of the Falange. 24 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 7 Approved For Release 2000/08/29: CIA-79T00975A002300350001-7 Approved For Release 2000/08/29: Cl - 5A0023003501-7 %MW 25X1A THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (Information as of 1700, 23 December) No significant military activity has been reported. Israeli prime minister Ben-Gurion has told an official of the International Labor Organization he is convinced war will start by June 1956 and perhaps sooner. The prime minister reportedly said it would be precipitated by either Egypt or Syria. This statement is in line with the general opinion among Israeli leaders that their country will be attacked by the Arabs when and if the latter feel strong enough to be sure of victory. The timing of the statement, however, suggests that it may be aimed at convincing the West that Israel is desperate now and that its requests for aid should therefore be granted. 24 Dec 55 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 8 25X1A Approved For Release 2000/08/29 : Cl 002300350001-7