865.3311/57: Telegram

The Ambassador in Italy ( Fletcher ) to the Secretary of State

51. Your 29, April 8, 4 p.m. Press despatches put the cart before the horse. The Fascist newspapers immediately attributed the accident to an anti-Fascist plot; hence my alternative reference to possible sabotage, promising thorough investigation. It was necessary and had a good effect. Now, however, in the light of Pinedo’s statement which has been published here it is generally understood that there was no anti-Fascist connection.

Fletcher