793.94112/25: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the United Kingdom ( Johnson )

380. Your 579, September 4, noon. It does not appear to the Department that the question of a possible error in transmission in any way alters the fundamental characteristics of the question to which the Department gave consideration or the factors on which the Department based its reply. The four statements made in Department’s 375, September 3, 10 a.m., accurately express the Department’s views. Please inform Mr. Eden of our suggestion made in the third sentence, adding by way of explanation, on the basis of the other three sentences, whatever elucidation may be called for. Department perceives no need for British Government to quote American Government in informing British agencies, whether official or unofficial, of British Government’s views, wishes and intentions; and we consider that an inevitable consequence of following such a procedure would be publicity.