800.51W89 U.S.S.R./185: Telegram

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Wiley) to the Secretary of State

71. My 56, February 9, 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon13 Litvinov received Duranty. He showed him in “confidence” the undated memorandum initialed by the President relative to settlement of debts and claims and vigorously attacked American policy. He rejected Duranty’s suggestion to permit publication of memorandum in New York Times but I understand that the Foreign Office censorship passed a despatch from Duranty based on his conversation with Litvinov which was of a provocative nature. The despatch was presumably published in the Times this morning.14

The American correspondents are urging me to hold regular press conferences. I would be grateful if the Department would indicate to me the attitude to adopt when queried regarding “unpublished documents”.

  1. February 16.
  2. New York Times, February 18, 1935, p. 1, col. 4.