The Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt ( Kirk )
1255. Following for Colonel Hoskins from Wallace Murray. Your 122, August 27, 7 p.m. from Basra. You are requested not to telegraph a report concerning your visit. We have no other assignment for you prior to your return and consider that since you bear messages for the President you should return without delay92 to deliver them and to make your report. We cannot, of course, control what Ibn Saud may see fit to divulge regarding the conversations. You, however, as the bearer of messages from the King to the President cannot with propriety disclose the conversations to a third party until the messages are delivered and the President’s directions obtained as to what quarters shall be informed of them. We feel sure that Mr. Casey will understand your position.
It is suggested that you reduce your oral messages to writing in Cairo, and that you (1) leave one copy of them and of your two aide mémoires in the Legation’s secret archives, (2) send one copy of each paper to the Department by pouch in a sealed envelope marked “Personal and Strictly Confidential for Alling, Division of Near Eastern Affairs”, and (3) bring with you the two aide-mémoires. [Murray.]
- Telegram No. 1605, September 6, 7 p.m., from the Minister in Egypt reported the departure of Lieutenant Colonel Hoskins (867N.01/1953).↩