The Ambassador in Cuba (Braden) to the Secretary of State

No. 4937

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Embassy’s despatch no. 4898 of October 25, 1943 regarding the desirability of United States financial assistance to Cuban cable, telegraph and radio censorship and to despatch no. 4879 of October 23, 194341 concerning the collection and distribution of Communist propaganda.

From various confidential sources the Embassy has learned of the widespread use of the mails for the transmission of Communist plans and there is a strong presumption that telecommunications may also be used to this end. As the danger of the transmission of such material is patent, I consider its identification of the highest importance, and that this constitutes an added reason for the use of United States Government funds to inaugurate and operate cable censorship in Cuba.

Respectfully yours,

Spruille Braden
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