6. Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation Between the Secretary of State and the Director of Central Intelligence (Dulles), Washington, February 8, 1955, 10:15 a.m.1

AWD said he thinks we should get together to see how we can capitalize on developments in Russia. He talked with Rockefeller— maybe he could get his teeth into it. AWD wondered what Radio Free Europe should say—what line we should take. The Sec said he thinks the approach should be it is obvious the constant changes of personnel etc indicate that things are not going well. AWD mentioned his admitting guilt and lack of experience. This should be played up through unofficial channels. They could lunch here said the Sec and agreed to ask Rockefeller, Cutler, Streibert and AWD will join about 1:30.2

They decided not to invite Defense, but Rockefeller’s office called and suggested under NSC 55053 they should be invited. AWD in the Sec.’s absence said o.k.

  1. Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, General Telephone Conversations. Prepared by Phyllis D. Bernau in the Office of the Secretary of State.
  2. No record of this meeting has been found.
  3. Presumably a reference to NSC 5505/1, Document 4.