711.94/845: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Grew)

90. Department’s 89, October 6, 1933, 5 p.m.,48 paragraph numbered 2.

The Department assumes from your 14949 that you will discuss this subject only in response to invitation from Hirota for suggestions. In view of likelihood that premature disclosure by Hirota of your conversation on this subject might, by leading to undesirable publicity, prejudice successful intervention by Hirota with Manchukuo, you should impress upon him that if he considers it necessary to inform his colleagues of the conversation he must make it clear to them that it was he who initiated his conversation with you.