ARGENTINA: Strategic Concession

Spruille Braden, U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, summoned the U.S. correspondents into his office. Pleased as an outsized Punch, he "announced that the Argentine Government had abolished all press censorship. Henceforth the newsmen might cable their stories direct, without subterfuge, delay or fear of retaliation. The correspondents were properly gratified, gave hard-hitting Braden much of the credit. Only one skeptic remarked: "Seems we heard this before."

As a further concession to local and foreign pressure, the Argentine Government had already announced that it would free its political prisoners. It actually freed some...

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