125.991H/8–1049: Telegram

The Vice Consul at Kunming ( Lutkins ) to the Secretary of State

122. ReDeptel 56, August 3, 7 p. m. Permission requested to inform in confidence heads various mission groups of closure decision to give them adequate time for making plans.

CAT pilot tells me that closure common knowledge in Canton and Hong Kong. Though I fear damage has been done, I am trying to plug leak with CAT here. Request Canton do same.

Sent Department 122, repeated Office of the Embassy, Canton 38.