824.00/1422d: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Representatives in the American Republics

In response to a question at my press conference today as to the attitude of the United States toward the new Bolivian regime, I made the following statement for direct attribution:

“Considerations of the security of the Hemisphere and of the war effort of the United Nations must have first importance in any matter of this or similar character. Included in the relevant considerations is the question whether outside influence unfriendly to the Allied cause played any part. It must never be forgotten that the Hemisphere is at present under sinister and subversive attack by the Axis, assisted by some elements from within the Hemisphere itself.”