CABLE FROM JAMES B. CONANT TO JOHN FOSTER DULLESCITATION SHARE DOWNLOAD
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Secret Security Information
To:Secretary of State
No:582, August 8, 2.00 p.m.
Sent Department 582, Repeated Information Berlin 125.
We are in general agreement Berlin's thoughtful analysis SED policy (Berlin 211 to Bonn, repeated Department 188, August 6) and the conclusions. From principal conclusion, namely that any uprisings workers would be ruthlessly put down, it follows, we believe, that US policies toward East Germany while aimed at encouraging and keeping alive the intensified spirit of resistance awakened in mid-June should still carefully avoid and if necessary endeavor to restrain East Zone resistance from taking such overt forms as would give Communist authorities excuse for brutal and bloody repressions of population and particularly their leaders. As long as western world believe such freedom brought into sight by recent events, US propaganda and other initiatives (essential and timely though they are) must continue [to] be governed by restraint. Otherwise smoldering fire [of] East German resistance may be prematurely fanned up and stamped out; and the fetters of Communism tightened again and Communist propagandists given opportunity to fasten responsibility upon USA.
[Source: NARA, RG 59, 762B.00/8-853.]