740.0011 European War 1939/12126: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Steinhardt)

829. Your 1155, June 16, 6 p.m. So far as the Department is aware, the report first appeared in a periodical entitled Foreign Correspondence published in Washington by Sir Wilmot Lewis and Edward Weinthal, a former Polish diplomat, who have a wide circle of friends in Washington, including many political émigrés here. It is probable that the source of the report was some person, formerly well acquainted with Bergery and his character, who expressed to Lewis or Weinthal as a personal opinion the substance of the report.

The fact that Bergery is making so much of the incident in itself strengthens the inference that the report of the role played by him is not incorrect.