835.00/6–945: Telegram

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

1199. ReEmbtel 1124, June 1, paragraph 8. Perón is apparently at least making gesture in keeping with his promise to me since at noon today Police Chief61 announced in press interview Govt. program of immediate freedom for all political prisoners in Villa Devoto, Martín García and Neuquen,62 excepting those accused of extreme rightist activities; 205 to be freed today and all others in course of ensuing week. Foreigners now detained will be freed with warning on future conduct but will not be deported. Text of announcement being sent separately in clear.

This is interesting development, especially in view of Argentine Govt. giving us access to German archives more quickly than some of other American Republics and of Perón’s other gesture, weak though it appears to be, in respect to censorship (reEmbtel 1185, June 8, 7 p.m.63).

Braden
  1. Col. Filomeno Velasco.
  2. These are the names of Argentine penal institutions.
  3. Not printed.