817.00/8294: Telegram

The Minister in Nicaragua ( Lane ) to the Secretary of State

92. My 90, September 29, 6 [9] p.m. On September 29th the President authorized me to show to Somoza Department’s telegram 52 (first paragraph). Subsequently on that day, source of information mentioned in my 83 observed to me that it would be inadvisable to show telegram to Somoza as “Somoza is not the one who is going to take action”. Yesterday the President indicated that Department’s telegram might create “wrong impression” with Somoza and might cause unnecessary alarm. I agreed not to show it to Somoza for the time being. It would appear from the foregoing that the President is now under pressure.

Despite his expressed intention, as reported in my 89, September 28, 6 p.m., Somoza is circulating freely in Managua. Saturday evening in fact he dined with the President and Mrs. Sacasa and remained at the Presidential House until after midnight.

Lane