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Response by the United States and the Organization of American States to signs of increased Soviet support for the Cuban government, July–September 1960


551. Letter From President Eisenhower to Prime Minister Macmillan

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File. Secret; Presidential Handling. Transmitted in telegram 248 to London, July 11, which is the source text. The telegram was drafted and approved in S/S and cleared by Goodpaster. The letter, which had apparently been drafted several days before, mentioned neither Khrushchev’s statement of July 9 nor his letter to Castro of July 10.


552. Circular Telegram From the Department of State to Certain Diplomatic Missions in the American Republics

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/7–1160. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Hill; cleared with Rubottom, Jamison, Wieland, and Merchant (in substance); and approved by Hill who signed for Herter. Sent to all ARA missions except Havana, and repeated to Havana and USUN.


553. Memorandum of a Meeting Between the President and His Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Gray), Newport, Rhode Island, July 12, 1960, 2:12 p.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, DDE Diaries. Top Secret. Prepared by Gray on July 14. Also published in Declassified Documents, 1985, 1983.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1360. Secret; Eyes Only.


555. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Policy Planning (Smith) to the Secretary of State

Source: Department of State, S/P Files: Lot 67 D 548, Chron File. Secret. The source text is not initialed. Copies were sent to Dillon, Merchant, Rubottom, and six other officers in the Department of State. A note on the source text indicates that Herter saw the memorandum.


556. Telegram From the Embassy in the Soviet Union to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1360. Confidential.


557. Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation Between the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury (Anderson), Washington, July 14, 1960, 10:50 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Herter Papers, Telephone Conversations. No drafting information appears on the source text.


558. Memorandum of Discussion at the 451st Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, July 15, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Robert H. Johnson on July 18. The Secretary of State presided at the meeting.


559. Notes on the Secretary of State’s Staff Meeting, Department of State, Washington, July 18, 1960, 9:15 a.m.

Source: Department of State, Secretary’s Staff Meetings: Lot 63 D 75, July 1960. Secret. Drafted by Thomas W. McElhiney. A list of attendees is attached to the source text.


560. Memorandum of a Conference With the President, U.S. Naval Base, Newport, Rhode Island, July 19, 1960, 3:15 p.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, DDE Diaries. Secret. Prepared and initialed by Goodpaster on July 21. Other participants included Herter, Bohlen, Kohler, Wilcox, Hagerty, and Goodpaster. Also published in Declassified Documents, 1979, 217C.


561. Memorandum of Discussion at the 452d Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, July 21, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Robert H. Johnson on July 21. The Secretary of State presided at the meeting.


562. Telegram From the Embassy in Canada to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/7–2460. Secret; Priority; Presidential Handling.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–2560. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/7–2560. Secret; Presidential Handling. Drafted and initialed by Rubottom. Also initialed by Merchant.


565. Memorandum of Discussion at the 453d Meeting of the National Security Council, Newport, Rhode Island, July 25, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Boggs on July 28.


566. Letter From Prime Minister Macmillan to President Eisenhower

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File. Secret.


567. Letter From the Secretary of Defense (Gates) to the Secretary of State

Source: Eisenhower Library, Files of the Office of the Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, Cuba. Secret. Copies were sent to the Secretary of Commerce, the Director of Central Intelligence, and Gordon Gray. Gray’s copy is the source text.


568. Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation Between Secretary of State Herter in Washington and Secretary of State for External Affairs Green in Ottawa, July 28, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Herter Papers, Telephone Conversations. The time of the conversation is not indicated on the source text.


569. Memorandum of Discussion at the 454th Meeting of the National Security Council, Newport, Rhode Island, August 1, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Boggs on August 4.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/8–260. Secret; Eyes Only.


571. Memorandum of a Conversation, Department of State, Washington, August 3, 1960

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/8–360. Confidential. Drafted by Osborne, initialed by Rubottom, and approved on August 9.


572. Letter From the Secretary of State to the Secretary of Defense (Gates)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–2660. Secret. Drafted by Stevenson and Wieland and cleared with Martin and Merchant.


573. Letter From President Eisenhower to Prime Minister Macmillan

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File. Secret; Presidential Handling. Transmitted to London in telegram 879, which is the source text. A draft of the letter prepared in the Department of State was sent to the President under cover of a memorandum by Merchant of August 6. The memorandum and the draft, which shows the President’s handwritten changes, are ibid.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/8–1160. Secret. Drafted by Charles P. Torrey; cleared with Stevenson and Little; and initialed by Rubottom and Herter.


575. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Merchant) to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Rubottom)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/8–1160. Secret. Drafted by Merchant. A copy was sent to S/P.


576. Memorandum of Discussion at the 455th Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, August 12, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Charles A. Haskins of the NSC Staff on August 16.


577. Memorandum of a Meeting With the President, White House, Washington, August 18, 1960, 11:05 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Project “Clean Up” Records, Intelligence Matters. Top Secret. Drafted by Gray.