199. Editorial Note

Following up the President’s December 9, 1969, letter to Ambassadors (Document 310), the Department of State transmitted an air-gram to Ambassadors on December 17 concerning their responsibilities for the direction and coordination of intelligence activities. The airgram indicated that Chiefs of Station had been instructed to ensure that Ambassadors “are sufficiently informed of covert action projects and espionage and clandestine counterintelligence programs to enable you to make an informed judgment as to the political risks involved.” For text of the airgram, see Document 311.