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The Chargé in Greece (Caffery) to the Secretary of State


150. Venizelists are imputing responsibility for disaster in Asia Minor to their political opponents. On this charge many arrests are being made and executions are demanded. The authorities plan immediate trial of the accused by special court martial. Informal but energetic protests against court martial are being lodged with Minister for Foreign Affairs by most of my colleagues, including British and French, who are also pressing me to make informal and personal representations. I shall not move in the matter, however, without instructions from the Department. Our informal recommendation of a fair trial for the accused might perhaps be effective, as the prestige of the United States is the highest here at present.