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September 25, 1963

SECRET TELEGRAM FROM MANELI (SAIGON) TO SPASOWSKI (WARSAW) [CIPHERGRAM NO. 12328]

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    Cable from Polish official in Saigon, Maneli, to Warsaw, reporting his meeting with a US official "Henry" (not Cabot Lodge), where they discuss Maneli's meeting with Ngo Dinh Nhu. Notes that it was an attempt to establish contact between US and Polish officials in Vietnam.
    "Secret Telegram from Maneli (Saigon) to Spasowski (Warsaw) [Ciphergram No. 12328]," September 25, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AMSZ, Warsaw; 6/77, w-102, t-625, obtained and translated by Margaret Gnoinska. Published in CWIHP Working Paper No. 45. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118981
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Ciphergram No.  12328

From…Saigon……dispatched on 09.25.63 at 12:00 hours…..received 09.27.63 at 8:40 hours… Came in to the Decoding Department…09.27.63 at 12:45 hours…………………………..

Spasowski

For the information of: Siedlecki, Thee, Haraśny, Mikołaj

1) Henry, a counselor of the US embassy [in Saigon], invited me for dinner, just the two of us.  The purpose of the invitation:

a)  Establishing a private [and] convenient contact [between] the [US] embassy

[and the Polish] delegation.

b)  A general probe preceding a possible conversation with Lodge. c)  Obtaining information about my conversation with Nhu.

2) Regarding c) – I said: it took place on the initiative of Nhu, the invitation came through the communication mission. N.[hu] said what he wanted, my questions pertained only [regarding carrying out] the Geneva Accords.  As to the question how the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [of the DRV?] assesses the results of the conversation, I said: there is nothing to assess, because Nhu did not say anything new and important, and [besides] visits at the representatives’ of both governments are normal for the commission [ICC], as for example, a recent visit of Canadian Ambassador [to the ICC - Gordon Edwin Cox] with the Prime Minister of North [Vietnam].

3) Henry spoke with enmity [animosity] about Diem, his regime and ideology.

4) The Vietnamese comrades relayed the assessment of [my] conversation with Nhu, [it’s] not concrete, but they are pleased with the fact that and are asking to maintain contact.

I will discuss this [issue] in Hanoi in the spirit of your 10016.

No. 443

Deciphered 09.27.63 at 14:45 hours

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/-/ Maneli

Deciphered by Górski, checked by Bakunowicz