500.CC/4–2445: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the United States Representative in Bulgaria (Barnes)

104. Reurtel 220 today’s date.32 The press section of delegation at San Francisco has just this evening agreed to Paden’s [Padev’s]33 [Page 199] accreditation. Please inform Foreign Office that visa authorization is being sent to London.

For your information this delay was caused by reluctance to admit any Bulgarian representative in view of anticipated difficulties in press circles because of the attitude of the authorities at Sofia in the matter of American news coverage in Bulgaria. The decision was reversed on political grounds such as those mentioned in your 157.34

  1. Not printed.
  2. Machael Padev, who was London Times correspondent in Sofia before World War II.
  3. In telegram 157, March 23, 1945, Mr. Barnes pointed out that Bulgarian officials received their information from outside Bulgaria through Russian sources and expressed his belief that it would be helpful if they could receive reports from the United States directly from a representative in Washington (500.CC 3–2345).