26. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State1

498. If steps planned in Deptel 4622 should become public knowledge, situation in Cuba now such that result might be downfall Batista before elections.

Prior to taking formal steps outlined in Deptel 462 recommend Department consider authorizing me inform Batista such steps will be taken unless he agrees to take immediately part or all actions outlined in Embtel 490.3

It has been our hope that such actions (Embtel 490) will lead Cuban people to believe that solution of present situation can be obtained peacefully through elections rather than by violence.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/3–358. Secret; Priority.
  2. Document 22.
  3. Document 20.