740.00116 EW/2–646: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Winant ) to the Secretary of State

us urgent

1391. Subject of Dept’s 1059, Jan 3017 was taken up with Mr. Attlee18 who agreed that no action ought to be taken by War Crimes Commission that might result in publicity on the possibility of Emperor being charged as war criminal. Prime Minister arranged for us to see Foreign Office experts handling war crimes with whom matter was also discussed. Foreign Office has conferred with Lord Wright and Sir Robert Craigie and strongly urged postponement of consideration of Australian list of major war criminals by the Commission. Hodgson has been kept fully informed.

  1. See footnote 9, p. 395.
  2. Clement R. Attlee, British Prime Minister.