No. 241  NAI DFA Secretary's Files P2

Extract from a personal code telegram from Robert Brennan to
Joseph P. Walshe (Dublin)
(No. 387) (Very Urgent)

WASHINGTON, 14 November 1942

There is evidence of concerted campaign here to put Ireland in the wrong light, particularly emphasising that country is centre of vast espionage and is imminent and vital danger to Allied cause.

Helen Kirkpatrick1 is now on unpublicised lecture tour, giving her personal experiences in Ireland, proving that Ireland's neutrality constitutes immediate danger to American and British forces.

We have reports of Press and Radio activities on these lines recently from San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York.

We are doing our very best to combat, but we are not satisfied that our efforts are enough.

[matter omitted]

1 Helen Kirkpatrick (1909-85), journalist, covered the Second World War in Europe for theChicago Daily News and was one of the first American war correspondents.

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