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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/18: CIA-RDP90-00 ARTICLE APPEARED PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ON PAGE_ 18 June 1984 Planned auction of Guevawarie s stirs 'con, By Joanne Mason says it has no doubt that the anony- propaganda tool to the American and Reuters mous owner, who is not British, has Bolivian authorities trying to LONDON - When the Bolivians the legal right to sell the diaries. The counter guerrilla insurgency. captured and killed Che Guevara in firm's experts are also convinced of But the diaries also give a personal 1967, they had to display his corpse the documents' authenticity. We are account of the harsh conditions un- and copies of his diaries to convince 100 percent sure we have got the der which the guerrillas struggled. people that the famed revolutionary originals," a spokesman for the auc- They tell of the morale of Gueva- was dead. tioneers said. ra's small band of guerrillas, who Now the diaries once, again 1a`e ` Many of Guevara's writings are al ? 'never numbered more than 51, as emerged, and they're causing an v ready. available. They were first pub- they trekked through the mountains lished by the Cubans in 1968. :., in pouring rain. Guevara records, for ternational rumpus. The Bolivian minister of the interi- example, how the first comrade died ?; Next month they will come up for Qg at~t e, timg~Antonio Argued,, in an absurd manner" - not in auction in London, despite protests fled -the country after adm'tting,that combat, but by falling in a river and from Bolivia that the country is be- 4e had leaked a pMy of the diaries. drowning. ing robbed of part of its history. Declaring himself a Marxist he said If the auctio_ goes abpadAgd The matter has become a major that he wanted to keg the CIA from the British Foreign Qfj~e say t has . scandal in Bolivia, where the coup- uslna the diaries to~ustiy new ag? rLgL1 een_approached :by_BoIJ.: to try's armed forces say the papers gress on_against in America. i tervene,in.the sale_.- cash-starved vanished from their possession and Last week Cuba denied foreign Bolivia-is unlikely_to_bid,, Defense Minister Manuel Cardenas press reports that it was behind the xp, o;;iv_iangoyer=en, o cgs. Mallo has announced an investiga- London auction. "It is infuriating They say the Cuban government the tion into how they were spirited that something as sacred to the histo- Soviet Unio_and`_Ih~CL&could be away. ry of Latin America as this document among the bidders. The Argentine-born Guevara, who should be the object of such manipu- gained a worldwide reputation dur- . lations," Cuba's official Granma irg Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution, newspaper said. kept a day-to-day account of his 11- The diaries are, a fascinating ac- month guerrilla campaign in the count of Guevara's quixotic and ulti- mountains of Bolivia. mately tragic campaign, and a testi- His entries began in November mony to the courage and dedication 1966 and ended on Oct. 7, 1967. The of. one of the world's most famous next day'he was wounded and cap- guerrilla fighters.; tured by the army. After .intgrroga, 'The` entries reveal how Guevara lion by the CIA, he was~Y the wanted to make'-Bolivia "another Bolivians on Oct. 9 at the age of 39. Vietnam." His intention was to spark A few photocopied pages of the an insurrection that would spread diaries, found on Guevara, were laid throughout Latin America, provoke out with his body for journalists to, U.S. intervention and lead to a revo- see in a small mountain laundry. The lution that would-destroy "Yankee originals, however, disappeared imperialism from public view until last month, when Sotheby's, the auctioneering The diaries make clear how care- firm, said it had acquired the two fully the operation was planned from diaries and other campaign docu- Havana, and how, essentially, the ments. peasantry failed to rally to the revo- . Cardenas Mallo has called on Brit- lutionary call. Such information was ain to stop the auction, but Sotheby's strategically important and a useful Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/06/18: CIA-RDP90-00552R000202400004-1