748. Telegram 514 from Geneva1

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514. From Johnson.

Comments today’s meeting:

Whatever reason may be Wang’s performance today’s meeting was clearly marking time operation. Although I pressed him hard and sharply on implementation, particularly at end of meeting, his responses were defensive and relatively mild. While considerably less emphasis than last meeting on break aspects there was no shift his substantive position and they continue in position of having laid ground for break at time their choosing.

From observation papers from which he talked, etc., had impression that portion his opening statement on McCarthy and implementation was made up from draft public statement they had prepared for rebuttal of public statement they anticipated from us on subject.

I utilized point last sentence sub-para 2 October 22 aide memoire to British on theory that whatever technical aspects under agreed announcement previous British requests O’Neill’s letter last week constituted formal request investigate facts which CHICOMS have not yet granted.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.93/11–1556. Secret; Limit Distribution.