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U.S. interest in the Cuban revolution, the overthrow of the Batista government, and the consolidation of power by Fidel Castro, reevaluation by the U.S. Government of the policy of shipping arms to the Batista government, January–June 1958 1

1. For additional documentation on political developments in the Central American and Caribbean area and on the Fifth Meeting of Consultation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American Republics, held at Santiago, August 12–18, 1959, during which Cuba and the Caribbean area was extensively discussed, see volume V.


2. Despatch From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 837.413/1–1058. Secret. Drafted by Topping.


3. Memorandum From the Director of the Office of Middle American Affairs (Wieland) to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Rubottom)

Source: Department of State, CCA Files: Lot 70 D 149, Arms. Confidential. Drafted by Little. A copy was also sent to Turkel.


4. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–1158. Secret.


5. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Rubottom) to the Secretary of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/12–1957. Secret. Drafted and initialed by Little, cleared with Wieland, and initialed by Rubottom.


7. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–1158. Secret; Priority. Drafted by Leonhardy, cleared with Little and Wieland, and approved by Rubottom who signed for Herter.


9. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.56/1–3158. Secret; Priority.


10. Letter From the Director of the Office of Middle American Affairs (Wieland) to the Ambassador in Cuba (Smith)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–1258. Confidential; Official-Informal. No drafting information is given on the source text.


11. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.5–MSP/2–758. Confidential. Sent by pouch and received on February 9 at 10:37 a.m.


12. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–1058. Confidential. Sent by pouch and received on February 11 at 4:06 p.m.


13. Letter From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Rubottom) to the Ambassador in Cuba (Smith)

Source: Department of State, CCA Files: Lot 70 D 149, Arms. Secret; Official-Informal. Drafted by Leonhardy.


14. Despatch From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–1858. Confidential.


15. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–2058. Confidential; Priority.


16. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–2058. Confidential. Sent by pouch and received on February 22 at 1:06 p.m.


17. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–2058. Confidential. Sent by pouch and received on February 22 at 1:06 p.m.


18. Despatch From the Consulate at Santiago de Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.52/2–2158. Confidential. Drafted by Guerra.


19. Telegram from the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–2158. Secret. Drafted by Wieland and Leonhardy, cleared with Snow and Rubottom, and approved by Wieland who signed for Dulles.


20. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–2658. Secret; Priority.


21. Despatch From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/2–2858. Confidential. Drafted by Topping.


22. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.5–MSP/2–758. Confidential. Drafted by Stewart and Wieland; cleared with Snow, Barnes, John B. Rehm (L), Dillon, and the Department of Defense; and approved by Wieland who signed for Dulles.


25. Despatch From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/3–558. Confidential. Drafted by Topping.


26. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/3–358. Secret; Priority.


27. Memorandum of a Conversation Between the Cuban Ambassador (Campa) and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Snow), Department of State, Washington, March 3, 1958

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.56/3–358. Confidential. Drafted by Wieland and initialed by Wieland and Snow.


28. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/3–458. Secret; Niact.


29. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/3–458. Secret; Priority. Drafted by Leonhardy and cleared with Wieland and Snow who signed for Dulles.


30. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/3–1158. Secret; Priority.