LETTER TO MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY FROM WILLIAM J. DONOVAN RE CLARIFICATION W/ATTA

Created: 12/20/1944

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The Honorable

The Secretary of State

Department of State

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My dear Mr. Secretary:

It seems to me desirable to agree upon aof the basic relationship between the Office of Strategic Services and the Department of State with respect to intelligence activities outside the Western Hemisphere under various military and diplomatic situations which will exist during the period of war. The Office of Strategic Services is keenly aware of its increasing responsibility to the Department and of the need for closer cooperation between the two as military authority tends to givo way to the civilian; authorityheaters of operations.

The Office of Strategic Services was established as an agency of the Government under the direction andof the Joint Chiefs of Staff by Military Order of the Commander in Chief, dateds amended byExecutive Order

The intelligence responsibilities of the Office of Strategic Services are set forth in JCSD, dated They are, briefly: o conduct secret intelligence activities by means of espionage and counter-espionage,o accumulate, evaluate and analyze

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political, psychological, sociological, economic, topographic and military infortnation.

In tho performance of these functions, the Office of Strategic Services, in sddition to its otherhas, during the current year, furnished the Department of State6 positive spot intelligence reports from abroad;eports based upon research and analysis of all types of information,reports. In addition, during the some period the Office of Strategic Services has supplied the Departmenteports concerning foreign nationality groups orin this country. Comparable material has been supplied locally to many of the Department representatives abroad.

For the duration of the war, the Office of Strategic Services will continue to assist the Department in Intelligence matters and in other ways render service to its representativeshrough its clandestine methods the Office of Strategic Services can obtain information which is not otherwise available to diplomatic officials, and thereby relieve them offor intelligence activities which, if discovered, might embarrass them. Be preparing reports based on overt information supplemented by clandestine intelligence, the 'Office of Strategic Services can furnish the Chiefs of Mission and principal officers with current' analyses of the political and economic- situation. By making available personnel trained in

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counter-espionage activities, tho Office of Strategic Services can assist the diplomatic or consular establishment in matters of security and passport control.

To beosition to perform the services outlined above, the Office of Strategic Services oust depend upon the continued assistance of the Department of State. {,

Such assistance is now being extended

by the Department both in Washington and in the field, form grateful.

I hope'you will rfgree tilth me that it is desirable to have at thislarification of our relationships which may be usedasis of Instructions which the Depart ment and the Office of Strategic Services can issue to their officials. ttach for yourraftemo randum which might serveasis of agreement.

William J. Donovan Director

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SUGGESTED BASIS OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE DIRECTOR,OFFICE OF STRATEGIC SEHVICKS

I. Pattern of Authority.

The Office of Strategic Services clearly recognizes the pattern of authority for tho control of American officlala in forolgn countries. In an area officially specifiedone ofoperations, the authority of the President as Commander in Chief la vested in the theater commander.. In other areas theinister, charge d'affaires, or principal consular officer, as the case nay bo, represents the executive authority. No American official may with propriety function in the faco of the disapproval of the appropriate ranking American officer in any foreign country.

II. Relatlonohlp between the Department and the Office of Strategic sVrylcos In areas In which the latter in dlroctly responsible to military commanders:

the Office of Strategic Services la operating inof combat it will maintain close" liaison withof the Department in the area and keep thempolitical or other pertinent intelligence obtained.

ex-encray countries where control commissions are

1. Prior to the establishment of formal diplomaticrepresentatives of the Office of Strategic Services, although directly responsible to the military

concnander, will maintain close liaisonof the Department in the area and keep them advised of political or other pertinent intelligence obtained.

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C. In friendly countries in the rear of the conbat zone,of the Office of Strategic Services will adviao the Chief of Mission or principal officer of political or ither pertinent intelligence obtcinod.

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Relationship between the Deportment of State and tho Office of Strategic Servlccs'T'n areas In which thelTFcircctly responsible to military cor.-lmders or" control commission;

In such areas, representatives of the Office of Strategic

Services will advise the Chief of Mission or principal officer

of political or other pertinent intelligence obtained.^"

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3. Intelligence responsibilities of the Office of Strategic:

By virtue of the Joint Chiefs of StaffD, datedn areas authorised for OSSclandestine intelligence activities arc primarily the responsibility of the Office of Strategic Services. Clandestine Intelligence la that Information regarding forolGn nationa and nationals effecting United Stateswhich foreign governments, groups or Individuals, wish to withhold from our Government, and which normally must be obtained by an organization operating covertly.

The JCS diroctive also makes It the responsibility of the Office of Strategic Services to accumulate, evaluate and analyze political, psychological, sociological, economic, topographic and military information. In tho performance of thia function, representatives of the Office of Stratogic Services In tho field will procure intelligence by overt methods and will prepare roports based upon all Information and intelligence available to

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C. Exchange of Intelligence.

To enable the Office of Strategic Services to meet its responsibilities- with respect toactivities, each diplomatic or consular establishment .will mako available to OSSall records concerning counter-intelligence activities, and the lattor, in turn, will assist the establishment in security neasuros and passportmalting available to it all pertinont information.

It la acknowledged that both the Office of Strategic Services and the Department will benefit by anof intelligence in all categories.

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