Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with William A. Crawford
CRAWFORD: Well, we got excellent support from Harold Vedeler [Harold C. Vedeler], who was director of the Office of Eastern European Affairs and in charge of our day-to-day business. And I had fine support from the desk too, so that I felt a very close and sympathetic response there. The difficulty was really in getting people higher up to...
CRAWFORD: Well, I don't mean we had any problem with Foy Kohler or Bill Tyler [William R. Tyler, Jr.]. As a matter of fact, I think maybe Foy was then in Moscow or it may have been a little later. But they were very understanding. It just takes time for a situation to clarify, and quite a long time to get things really hopping. Yet it wasn't really until Averell Harriman stepped in, at the higher level, to give things a push, that we did get hopping.
Q: All right. Now is this before or after the events of August?
CRAWFORD: This is during the events of August.
Q: Okay. Well, let's move, I think perhaps, to the Orville Freematrip first. Now this was around 4 August.
CRAWFORD: That's right.
Q: Why Freeman instead of Hodges?
CRAWFORD: Well, we just hadn't reached the point of sending over secretary of commerce.
Q: Would that be flaunting it just a little too much?