The Cuban Missile Crisis
Memorandum From the President's Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy) to Director of Central Intelligence McCone


Washington, January 18, 1963.

The President has mentioned again his interest in maximizing the information we get from Cuba by other sources than air surveillance, and has asked me to report this interest to you. He would like to know what we are now doing to encourage visits to Cuba by knowledgeable and friendly observers of other nationalities, and also whether our arrangements with friendly countries having embassies in Havana are as effective in this respect as they should be. He would like to know what additional measures are being taken in this respect. He believes that we should be able to arrange for regular visits to Cuba of visitors of a rank and sophistication which would give them access to high authorities of the Cuban government, and make their reports correspondingly valuable. He would like to know what plans are proposed for this purpose.

McGeorge Bundy(1)

Source: Kennedy Library, Countries Series, Cuba, Intelligence Material, 1/62-9/62. Secret.

(1) Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature. Back

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