The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Norway (Osborne)
498. Dept has difficulty in finding explanation for Lie’s action in presenting formal note regarding withdrawal from Jan Mayen Island without awaiting our reply to his verbal request on this subject made only 4 days earlier (your 700, November 24). It is also surprised that he should have transmitted to third parties without consultation with us copies of a note on a purely Norwegian-American question. Please inform Lie orally in the above sense.