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July 03, 1956

NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, NSC 5608, DRAFT OF “US POLICY TOWARD THE SOVIET SATELLITES IN EASTERN EUROPE”

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    Staff draft of NSC 5608, concluding that ferment in the Communist world provides new opportunities to challenge Soviet control. A draft annex called for “encouraging evolutionary change” and defined as tasks of RFE and RL (and other USG-funded media) “avoiding any incitement to premature revolt” while “seeking to maintain faith in the eventual restoration of freedom.” Redacted document 76, FRUS, 1955-1957, XXV, unredacted document 12, Csaba Békés, Malcolm Byrne, and János M. Rainer, The 1956 Hungarian Revolution: A History in Documents (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2002.)
    "National Security Council, NSC 5608, Draft of “US Policy toward the Soviet Satellites in Eastern Europe”" July 03, 1956, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Obtained and contributed to CWIHP by A. Ross Johnson. Cited Ch3 n5 in his book Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, NARA release courtesy of Malcolm Byrne, National Security Archive. Unredacted text of redacted document 73, FRUS, 1955-1957, XXV. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114689
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