LETTER TO GENERAL J. LAWTON COLLINS FROM ALLEN W. DULLES RE COVERT OPERATIONS I

Created: 2/22/1955

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INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

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OFFICt OF 7Hi DIRtCTOK

6FFPDVED FOR RHUS! DATL1

General J. Lawton Collins Special Representative of the President

of the United States in Viet Nam American Embassy Saigon, Viet Nam

Dear Joe:

In view of thelace upon working out with you program (or our covert operations in support of American policyV:c'aveho is intimatelytb* matter and who has my full confidence, to go to Saigon and

discuss the matter with you. elt this was particularly timely in view of the discussions incident to the Bangkok-SEATO Conference and the Manila conversations which may set the course of what we do in this area in meeting the Communist throat. Naturally, all the resources we can make available will be at your disposal for this purpose.

We all feel here that you have accomplished extraordinary results and have brought hopeituation which seemedew months ago. We all sincerely regret that circumstances make it impossible for you to stay on longer, but understand fully the reasons therefor and wish to benefit during these coming weeks from your guidance inourse for the future.

tnoce are any matters whichhe should refer

lbHlMSYrSback here, we will be at the other eno^fthelineto send promptI am anxious that matters should be settled on the spotm giving

ul authority to take action in agreement with you.

With all best wishes and assurances of my fuUctemain,

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EXEMPT (mm Decks*.

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