The Secretary of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom
The Secretary of State refers to the Department’s information and educational exchange program, and in response to inquiries received from various missions concerned, has prepared the enclosed policy statement2 to serve as a guide to the Department’s information activities within certain countries of the Near East.
The Department has been informally advised that the British Foreign Office has issued a guidance on the question of cooperation with United States field representatives in an anti-Communist publicity program, and that this guidance has been sent to all British missions concerned. The Department understands that the guidance states that as a result of the various discussions that have taken place it has been agreed that there should be a degree of cooperation in this matter. It indicates that there has been an agreement to exchange information and ideas where desirable without any obligation on either side except when consultation has resulted in agreement on a particular course of action.
The Department perceives no objection to the exchange of views with corresponding British officers relative to our general policy in this area inasmuch as it is to the Department’s advantage to receive corresponding information concerning British plans and policy there. It would however not be to the advantage of the government of the United States to enter into any arrangement which gave the appearance of joint action or that our activities were in any way inspired by joint policy or a unified approach. The Department therefore desires that complete independence of action and operation be retained by responsible officers abroad in charge of our information and educational [Page 82] exchange programs, while using the amicable exchange of views to the greatest advantage.
During his period of training in the Department, Mr. Mallory Browne3 was apprised of the above-mentioned action on the part of the British Foreign Office in issuing instructions to all British missions concerned for cooperation with the United States field representatives hi an anti-Communist publicity program. Mr. Browne discussed informally this subject with officers in the Department.
The Officer in Charge is requested to make appropriate comments and suggestions relative to this instruction as well as on the enclosed policy statement.