74. Editorial Note

At the Intelligence Advisory Committee meeting on July 1, the following discussion, according to notes prepared by Theodore C. Nelson, took place:

“Mr. [Allen] Dulles commented that the kidnapping of Americans in Cuba appeared to be an effort to gain American intervention, and he suggested that [less than 1 line not declassified] efforts might be made to gain release of the kidnapped Americans. Admiral Frost expressed the view that the Cuban rebels’ action was designed to embarrass the United States. Mr. Cumming commented that one approach to the problem being considered in the Department of State is the apprehension of Cuban rebel sympathizers in the United States in order to bring pressure to gain the release of Americans held in Cuba.” (Department of State, INR Files: Lot 58 D 776, July 1958)