21. Memorandum From [name not declassified] of the Central Intelligence Agency to the Chief of the Western Hemisphere Division, Central Intelligence Agency (King)1
Washington, October 8, 1952.
- Early in July2 Mr. Dulles, Mr.
Hedden, [name not declassified] and myself visited the State Department
where we had a conference at which were present Assistant Secretary of
State Miller, his Deputy, Mr.
Mann, and Mr.
Robert P. Joyce. The CIA delegation posed the following three questions: (as
well as I can remember)
- Would the State Department like to see a different government in Guatemala?
- Would the State Department oppose a government established by the use of force?
- Does the State Department wish CIA to take steps to bring about a change of government?
- The first question was answered positively. The second question was answered negatively. The third question was not answered clearly but by implication, positively.
- Mr. Dulles asked me to make a Memorandum of Conversation in long-hand and deliver the one copy to him. I did this and waited in his office while he showed it to the Director. In a few minutes I was called into the Director’s office, and it was soon clear that the Director was dissatisfied with the lack of a direct answer to the third question. He then telephoned to Mr. Bruce to make arrangements for a meeting.
- I later gathered from Mr. Dulles that the Director had received a satisfactory answer from Mr. Bruce.
[name not declassified]