251.11 Insull, Samuel/293

The Minister in Greece (MacVeagh) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 93

Sir: In further reference to my despatches No. 74 of December 5th and No. 89 of December 15th, 1933,42 I have the honor to report that this afternoon the Foreign Minister informed me that I might confirm officially the reports appearing in the evening papers to the effect that Insull had been notified to leave Greece by the 31st of January. To my question as to what was to be done in regard to passport facilities, he replied that the government would get in touch with me.

The chief cause of the decision thus taken by the Tsaldaris Government43 appears to have been the powerful effect on American public opinion of the recent court decision in the extradition hearings. Thorough comprehension [Page 569] of the effect to be expected from that decision was evinced by the Foreign Minister when I took occasion to talk with him the day after the decision was handed down. But it needed the rising tide of American indignation as expressed in telegrams, letters, petitions, editorials, and even an interpellation in the Senate, to give his hand, at first unsupported, sufficient strength to control the vacillating Tsaldaris.

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Respectfully yours,

Lincoln MacVeagh
  1. Neither printed.
  2. Government headed by Premier Panyoti Tsaldaris.