121.893/7–1647: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in China ( Stuart )

876. I understand fully reaction you gave me in your 1533 and can only say that we did not plan it that way. A leak occurred which [Page 651] necessitated an immediate press release to avoid unusual embarrassment here. My 857 of July 11 was intended to reach you ahead of the press release.

I regret you were embarrassed but know that you will ride out the storm as you have so often done before. I count on you to render all possible assistance to Wedemeyer. Butterworth has already been of great value to us. I would like to assure you as I have before under similar circumstances, that Wedemeyer’s mission is a temporary expedient.