92. Letter From the Director of the Office of Western European Affairs (Meloy) to the Deputy Chief of Mission in Italy (Williamson)1

Dear Francis:

The general question of our future covert support activities in Italy has come up again, this time in connection with the Civic Action project. EUR has agreed to continue support for Civic Action this fiscal year, but with the understanding that it will not be asked to approve further extension of this support before we have reviewed the entire program.

As the new government takes hold I hope you can give us the benefit of your thoughts on the suitability of existing programs in the new situation and what might be changed usefully.2


  1. Source: Department of State, INR Historical Files, Italy 1963-1964. Secret; Eyes Only.
  2. According to notes of the June 4 meeting of the 303 Committee: “The Italian proposal was postponed in order to permit McCone to consider it further.” (Ibid., 303 Committee Records)