153. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rusk to President Kennedy0
- Appeal on Behalf of Allen Pope
It is expected that you will shortly receive, from Mrs. Allen Pope, a letter in which she will appeal to you to intercede, on behalf of her husband, with President Sukarno of Indonesia during his forthcoming visit to Washington.
Mr. Pope is an American pilot who has been in prison in Indonesia for nearly three years and whose sentence of death is now under review by the Indonesian Supreme Court. A decision is expected from this Court within the next six or seven weeks which, if adverse, will leave Mr. Pope with but one further recourse under Indonesian law, that of an appeal to President Sukarno for executive clemency. A brief history of Mr. Pope’s case is appended for your background information.
It is recommended that a reply be sent to any appeal to you from Mrs. Pope saying that you regard her appeal sympathetically and that you will seek an opportunity to raise Allen Pope’s case with President Sukarno when he calls upon you.