LETTER TO ALLEN FROM (UNREADABLE) RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 6/30/1954

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CIA HISTORICAL REVIEW PROGRAM RELEASE INTULL

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PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL

Dear Allen:

Some few weeks ago you first talked with Julie Abler and then with meember of our staff on whom you had had some disquietingYou told us that Foster was also disturbed and requested us to keep the correspondent away from sensitive areas.

greed to do because of my respect for your judgment andlso know that neither one of you subscribes to the apparently growing theory in American lifean is guilty until provednow also that you are as disturbedm by the thought that government should exert any control, over the press.

Let me hasten to addm entirely in sympathy with the course taken up to now. In my judgment, you could not have done less than you did and the steps you took were taken with discretion. We have no argument.

I think the time has come, however, for us to pursue the matter. It is fair neither to the individual nor to The Times nor, indeed, to you to leave any resolvable doubt unresolved. There should be no question about theof any member of our news or editorial staff. To date, there have been two instances, not including the present one, where the issue has been raised. In onead denial which convinced me; in the other, admission of early association but an attestation of reform years ago. Both men are now at work on The Timesave the utmost confidence in them.

I mention tliis only to show you that the problem is not new tom prepared to examine and then to take the risks of judgment. When can we get together and pursue the matter?

With every goodm

Faithfully yours,

The Honorable Allen Welsh Dulles Director, Central IntcLligenco Agency Washington, D. C.

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