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  • March 23, 1965

    Cable 131 from the Department of State to the US Embassy in Gabon

    The Department of State requested more information in response to intelligence that the Compagnie des Mines d'Uranium de Franceville in Gabon had requested permission to ship uranium ore to Israel.

  • June 08, 1965

    Cable 364 from the US Embassy in Gabon to the Department of State

    According to the Embassy, only President Leon M'ba, the Minister of the National Economy, and his predecessor would know of any diversion of any uranium from Gabon to Israel.

  • August 11, 1965

    Cable 786 from the US Embassy in France to the Department of State

    The US Embassy in France noted that Gabon produced about 440 tons of uranium metal annually, and any diversions would occur under French, rather than Gabonese, authority.

  • November 10, 1965

    Cable 157 from the US Embassy in Gabon to the Department of State

    During a visit to the Nounona uranium mines, Ambassador Bane learned that all processed ore went to France for metal extraction by the Atomic Energy Agency.

  • November 11, 1966

    Airgram A-49 from the US Embassy in Gabon to the Department of State, 'Reported Diversion of Gabonese Uranium to Israel'

    The Embassy reported the Gabonese government's assertation that France was the sole procurer of Gabonese uranium; however, it noted that this statement did not preclude a possible diversion to Israel.