5-342 To Major General Clayton L. Bissell, January 31, 1946

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 31, 1946

Subject: China

To Major General Clayton L. Bissell

January 31, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 132. [Chungking, China]


Reference your secret review of Far East 14 January page six in regarding truce negotiations appears statement regarding concessions obtained by Communists.1 I would prefer that such deductions be excluded from published resumes, however secret, during the progress of my negotiations. Their purpose would presumably be to assist me or advise the President and Secretary of State but I am the accurate source of information in these particular instances and I am the one to inform the Washington authorities to such extent as I think it safe to do so at the time having in mind the frequent leaks and the disastrous effect they might make here on the delicate business in which I am engaged.2 I suppose the review statement was based on press reports, but it is necessarily given the impress of a War Department conclusion when appearing in the review.

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Marshall presumed that Bissell was still assistant chief of staff for intelligence, but he had left that office effective January 25.

2. For Marshall’s other attempts to contain political reporting from China, see Marshall to Robertson, January 29, 1946, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-338 [5: 432-33].

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 435.

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