431. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba1

1052. For Bonsal. Embtel 1708.2 Department understands [and] sympathizes fully your feeling akin to that ship captain not wanting leave his vessel in heavy seas but believes your position as Ambassador along with dignity and prestige USG required that you return immediately. Apparent that deliberate smear campaign against you already underway. Department had considered sending you subject your judgment possible formal protest and statement along lines your 1687,3 but in view publicity your return decided best withhold this action at least for time being.

Department fully mindful parlous situation now existing Cuba and heavy strain on US-Cuban relations. It recognizes dangers involved for US nationals and has taken account possibility strong measures could be required to assure their protection.

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Department hopes that your recall this manner will clearly demonstrate seriousness with which U.S. views situation and will make profound impression all thinking Cubans including many in Government particularly in view of high esteem with which you are held by most Cubans.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/1–2160. Secret; Niact; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Rubottom and Stevenson and approved by Wieland who signed for Herter.
  2. Document 429.
  3. See footnote 3, Document 429.