Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Political Exchange

On December 8, after describing the situation, I said: “It would be a tragedy if bureaucratic blockage inside the Library wrecked this important diplomatic demarche.” On December 9, I sent further material to his home and ended by saying: “I have worked very hard on this now for three years and if Davenport wrecks this trip, I shall shoot myself.” On January 5, after sending further information to his home, I said: “This letter is being sent to you at a very key moment in U.S.-Iranian affairs in which the U.S. is eager to get its officials into Iran. I do hope you can seize the moment.”

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