740.0011 Pacific War/995: Telegram

The Ambassador in Uruguay (Dawson) to the Secretary of State

537. Department’s circular of December 8, 1 a.m. Contents of circular were brought immediately [to?] Guani’s [attention?] and were discussed with him again today. He tells me that the Government is doing and will do everything possible to prevent hostile use of communications. At the same time I have been urging in strongest terms both Guani and the President to take increased precautionary measure at fuel depots, public utilities, et cetera, against sabotage. Psychology and public opinion in general are with us 100 percent. However, I cannot have unlimited confidence in the efficacy of their defense against possible Nazi sabotage or other hostile activities and I share the regret of the President and Guani expressed to me today that no American naval vessel is readily available.