835.00/10–2345: Telegram

The Chargé in Argentina (Cabot) to the Secretary of State

2635. I am greatly disturbed at effect which press accounts published locally of Senate debate on Braden’s nomination will have here. As indicated in my telegram 2591, October 19, 6 p.m. reported comments and inaction of Senate Committee had considerable influence on Perón comeback. Reports printed locally of Senate debate indicate several prominent Senators criticized Braden’s alleged interference in Argentina’s internal affairs and that no Senator arose either to denounce the vicious Fascist clique now in power here or to mention danger Argentina may become a refuge in which Germany can brew third world war. Net effect of debates plus recent New York Times editorial46 will be to give impression locally we are off on another tangent in regard to Argentine policy.

I scarcely need emphasize to Department how difficult this will make Embassy’s position. Perón clique will obviously feel Embassy and anything it says can be disregarded with impunity. Opposition democratic elements will feel that we have let them down again and will despair of ever ousting Perón (not that they were ever likely to have done so by themselves). The arrival of Hellmuth47 today is another disastrous development Embassy must face.

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ReEmbtel 2582, October 18, 8 p.m.52 Would greatly appreciate any information Department can give me re its proposed course toward Argentina in light of past fortnight’s developments. For example, does Department plan to publish any material obtained in Germany? In this event it should presumably communicate material to Argentine Embassy simultaneously with publication in accordance with spirit of Mexico City Resolutions.

Cabot
  1. Presumably that of October 7, 1945.
  2. Osmar Alberto Hellmuth, Nazi espionage agent.
  3. Not printed.