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Kidnapping of U.S. citizens by Cuban rebels, June–July 1958


70. Memorandum of Discussion at a Department of State-Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting, Pentagon, Washington, June 27, 1958, 10 a.m.

Source: Department of State, State–JCS Meetings: Lot 61 D 417, June 1958. Top Secret. The drafting officer is not indicated, but the source text bears the following notation: “State Draft. Not cleared with Department of Defense.” A cover sheet lists 32 attendees at the meeting, including representatives of the Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council.


72. Telegram From the Commander of the Naval Base at Guantanamo (Ellis) to the Chief of Naval Operations (Burke)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–858. Confidential. Repeated to CINCLANTFLT, CMC, COMCARIBSEAFRON, and ALUSNA Havana.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–158. Official Use Only; Niact.


77. Instruction From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.001/7–258. Confidential. Drafted by Leonhardy, cleared with Hill, and approved by Wieland who initialed for Dulles.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–358. Official Use Only; Niact.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–358. Official Use Only; Niact.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–358. Secret; Niact. Pouched to Santiago de Cuba.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–358. Confidential; Niact. Drafted by Wieland, cleared in substance with Whiteman, and approved by Rubottom who signed for Dulles.


85. Memorandum From the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Murphy) to the Under Secretary of State (Herter)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–858. Secret. Initialed by both Murphy and Herter. No drafting or clearance information is given on the source text.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–958. Confidential; Niact.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–958. Confidential; Niact. Drafted by Rubottom, cleared with Wieland and Snow, and approved by Snow who signed for Herter.


88. Memorandum From the Acting Director of the Office of Inter-American Regional Political Affairs (Dreier) to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Snow)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–958. Confidential. Drafted and initialed by Dreier. Also sent to Marjorie Whiteman.


89. Memorandum of a Conversation Between Dr. Carlos Piad and the Director of the Office of Middle American Affairs (Wieland), Department of State, Washington, July 10, 1958

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1058. Confidential. Drafted by Stewart.


90. Memorandum From the Chief of Naval Operations (Burke) to the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD/ISA Files: FRC 62 A 1698, 092 Cuba. Top Secret. Copies were also sent to the Department of State, the Secretary of the Navy, and to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Stamped on the source text, which is the last-mentioned of these three copies, are the words: “Noted by Mr. Sprague.” In a memorandum of July 10 to Under Secretary Murphy, Richard Finn wrote that Admiral Burke had called that morning and in Murphy’s absence had talked with Finn. Burke summarized the memorandum he was sending to the Joint Chiefs regarding the Cuban situation and explained that “we are being humiliated and that positive measures must be taken.” Burke also stated that “of course people would get hurt.” When Finn mentioned that Ambassador Smith had sent a message that morning regarding additional measures that might be taken ( infra ), Burke said that “these do not go far enough and that forceful measures are now required.” (Department of State, ARA Deputy Assistant Secretary Files: Lot 61 D 411, Cuba 1958)


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1058. Confidential; Niact.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1058. Confidential; Niact. Drafted and approved by Wieland who signed for Herter; cleared with Rubottom.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1158. Confidential; Priority.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.56/7–1158. Secret; Priority.


95. Memorandum From the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Secretary of Defense (McElroy)

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD Files: Lot 63 A 1770, McElroy Letters. Top Secret.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1158. Confidential; Niact.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1158. Secret; Niact.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/7–1158. Confidental; Niact.