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  • February 06, 1959

    Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson’s Views of Radio Liberty

    Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson forwards to Washington his views on Radio Liberation, following discussions in the Moscow Embassy with members of the US Advisory Committee on Information.

  • February 19, 1959

    Ambassador Beam’s Critique of Radio Free Europe

    Ambassador Jacob Beam forwards to Washington in Warsaw Embassy Dispatch no. 301 his critique of RFE Polish broadcasts as incompatible with US policy goals in Poland. In an attached undated and incomplete memorandum, International Organization Division dissents from the State Department criticism

  • February 24, 1959

    Charles Douglas Jackson’s Views on Eastern Europe

    C.D. Jackson, in a personal letter to Allen Dulles, suggests reviving the concept of liberation of Eastern Europe.

  • March 18, 1959

    CIA Rejects Ambassador Beam’s Critique of Radio Free Europe

    Cord Meyer notes weaknesses in some RFE Polish broadcasts but rejects Ambassador Beam’s negative assessment provided in Warsaw Embassy Dispatch no. 301

  • April 02, 1959

    Review of Radio Free Europe Polish Broadcasts

    Cord Meyer recounts conclusions of the June 2, 1958, session of the Committee on Radio Broadcasting Policy.

  • April 28, 1959

    CIA-State Department Differences on Radio Free Europe Polish Broadcasts

    Cord Meyer records sharply different views of the utility of RFE Polish broadcasts aired by State and CIA officials in a meeting with Assistant Secretary of State Foy Kohler on April 23, 1959

  • May 13, 1959

    USIA Criticism of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    USIA Director George Allen sympathizes with State Department questioning the value of RFE and RL in a meeting with Allen Dulles and others

  • August 03, 1959

    Gomulka Complains to Nixon about Radio Free Europe

    Polish Communist chief Wladyslaw Gomulka complains to Vice President Nixon that RFE “simply piles abuse on everything and everyone in Poland.”

  • September 15, 1959

    CIA-State 'Summit' on Radio Free Europe Polish Broadcasts

    Allen Dulles records his discussion that day with Undersecretary of State Douglas Dillon and Ambassador Jacob Beam, who were critical of RFE Polish broadcasts

  • October 19, 1959

    CIA View of Radio Liberty Broadcasts

    An International Organizations Division officer describes strengths and weaknesses of RL Russian broadcasts

  • April 24, 1960

    Allen Dulles Suggests Private 'Freedom Radios'

    Dulles drafts a suggestion for establishing “Freedom Radios” that would merge RFE and RL, expand broadcasts to other parts of the world, and become truly private enterprises free of CIA involvement

  • May 16, 1960

    Memorandum for International Operations Division Chief, 'RFE Guidance Line on U-2 Incident'

    An IOD officer responsible for RFE reports to Cord Meyer on differences between the FEC/RFE leadership in New York and the RFE management in Munich on broadcast coverage of the U-2 incident and endorses the “calm and reasoned” approach of the Munich management.

  • November 23, 1960

    International Operations Division, Management Turmoil at Radio Free Europe

    The IOD officer responsible for RFE informs Cord Meyer of the turmoil in the RFE Czechoslovak Service. He opines that resignation of the RFE Munich leadership [European Director Erik Hazelhoff and his deputies David Penn and Charles J. McNeill] “would be an extremely healthy thing.”

  • November 30, 1960

    Ambassador Beam Remains Critical of Radio Free Europe Polish Broadcasts

    Ambassador Beam responds to Allen Dulles’ letter of November 13, 1960 [document not released] about RFE Polish broadcasts

  • November 30, 1960

    Ambassador Beam Criticizes Two Radio Free Europe Polish Scripts

    Ambassador Beam complains about two RFE Polish broadcasts to the U.S. Consul General in Munich

  • December, 1960

    Sprague Committee Critical of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    The President’s Committee on Information Activities Abroad, chaired by Mansfield Sprague, concludes that RFE and RL are slow to adapt to changes in the Soviet orbit and resulting shifts in U.S. policy. [Also available in the Richard Helms Collection released by CIA in 2008.]

  • December 05, 1960

    Dispute Over Personnel Policy and Practices Culminates in Resignation of Radio Free Europe Top Management

    The Munich Consulate-General provides its appraisal of turmoil in the RFE Czechoslovak Service and the ensuing replacement of the American management at RFE Munich

  • December 09, 1960

    CIA View of Warsaw Embassy Critique of Radio Free Europe

    Cord Meyer forwards Ambassador Beam’s criticism of RFE to Allen Dulles and calls for more American control over the RFE Polish Service

  • February 13, 1961

    CIA-Radio Liberty Exchange on Sprague Report

    An International Operations Division officer regrets to AMCOMLIB president Howland Sargeant, that the Sprague Committee equated RL’s record with that of RFE

  • June 20, 1961

    Free Europe Committee Proposal to Exploit Berlin Crisis

    FEC Directors C. D. Jackson and Whitney Debevoise discuss with State Department officials their ideas on using RFE to pressure the Soviets during the Berlin Crisis