862.20235/2–846: Telegram

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


415. ReEmbtel 403, February 6, 9 p.m.,43 and Deptel 160, January 26, 2 p.m. I believe that Cooke is making real effort to get as many Nazi agents as he can off on Highland Monarch. There appears good reason to suppose that Cooke is genuinely concerned at what we may do and reveal, and that the principal obstacles are anti-Perón courts dominated by conservatives which are looking with decidedly jaundiced eye on war as well as other powers revolutionary Government has sought to arrogate to itself.

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Under circumstances I doubt that drastic action or recriminations would be justified on basis of failure to deliver agents under court order. Freude44 case is in somewhat different category despite fact Court of Appeals has cleared way for securing Argentine citizenship. Naturally if Government fails to deport any agents not under court order my recommendation does not apply.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Ludwig Freude, German-born head of Cía General de Construcciones, accused of espionage in behalf of the Axis.