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Press version of how Diem and Nhu died
Date of Creation:
November 12, 1963
Date of Declassification:
June 1, 1985
Type of Document:
Current intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
2 p.
On the basis of available information, our best judgment is that Diem and Nhu may well have been killed by a junior officer or enlisted personnel acting unilaterally, possibly provoked by the captives' haughtiness. It is possible, however, the General Dinh or some other senior officer may have ordered their execution. In any case, it seems likely that Diem and Nhu never reached the JGS alive.
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