The Ambassador in Argentina (Armour) to the Secretary of State

No. 13866

Sir: Supplementing my telegram No. 379 of February 9, 7 p.m.40 I have the honor to enclose herewith copy of a memorandum dated February 940 handed to the Under Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the absence of the Minister, requesting a reexamination of the cases of certain Axis spies.

It will be noted that the enclosed memorandum referred to the arrest on February 1 of the six Axis spies, Walter Freiwald, Ottomar Muller, Hans Napp, Elvezio Ortelli, Lotario de Reichenbach, and Martín Schneider, and requested the Foreign Office to investigate twenty-five others whose names were submitted to the Foreign Office in the Embassy’s memoranda of November 1942.

In handing the memorandum to Dr. Ibarra García, his attention was invited to the fact that four of the names coincide with those on the list presented to the Minister of Foreign Affairs by the British Ambassador on February 7, a copy of which he had been good enough to furnish the Embassy. These four persons are: José Mella Alfageme, Lotario de Reichenbach, Jorge Enrique Richter, and Gustavo Utzinger. Dr. Ibarra Garcia made note of these names.

For the reasons indicated below the Embassy decided not to resubmit to the Foreign Office the names of eight other spies whose names were mentioned in the memoranda of November 1942. In the case of Herman Bauer, Ludwig Buchwald, Juan Ris Linares, Florencio Campo, and Arturo Francisco Caldas, the information at present available was deemed insufficient. Walter Giese and Captain Niebuhr are now in Europe, and Domingo Sozzani is dead.

Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Hugh Millard

First Secretary of Embassy
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