137. Editorial Note

In telegram 6298 from Leopoldville to the Central Intelligence Agency, March 14, 1963, the Chief of Station reported that the Congo Government was in serious political trouble caused by lack of political organization and know-how, [text not declassified], and a multitude of nearly insoluble problems which had plagued the Congo since independence. When he warned [text not declassified] that the U.S Government did not want to pour money into a lost cause, [text not declassified] said it would probably take at least a year for the [text not declassified] to create a political organization of the type required to eliminate or reduce constant vote-buying. The Chief of Station noted that the United States had a choice between terminating support for the moderates, which would probably result in their fall, or continuing to provide support over the coming year, [text not declassified]. He pointed out that, although frustrating, the [text not declassified] operation had maintained a government which was as pro-American as any that could be expected in Africa at that time. (Central Intelligence Agency Files, Job 78–00435R, DDO/ISS Files, Box 2, Folder 1, [cryptonym not declassified] Operations)