The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Norway (Osborne)
114. The info contained in your 204, July 5, has been read with much interest by the Dept. Should a suitable opportunity arise, you should informally advise Lie that you would like to be kept informed of any new developments in the matter.
For your secret info only and not to be discussed with anyone, Dept considers that anything affecting the North Atlantic and the approaches thereto is of direct interest to the US. It is therefore obtaining the views of the Secretaries of War and Navy and Joint Chiefs of Staff on the Soviet demands on Norway in order to assist it in determining what our policy shall be. You will be kept informed.