The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Dodd)
99. Leitner some days ago requested the Secretary to urge the Chicago Daily News privately to withdraw Mowrer from Berlin in order that the German Government might avoid the necessity of expelling him. We thought that with Mowrer’s transfer to Tokyo, the matter would drop. Leitner, however, again came to the Department this morning saying that unless action were taken almost immediately the Germans would be forced to expel Mowrer by the beginning of next week. We have informally replied to Leitner that we did not consider it appropriate to approach the Chicago Daily News as requested, and have so informed the Washington representative of the paper.