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Memorandum From Richard T. Kennedy and Roger Morris of the National Security Council Staff to the President's Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger), Washington, April 7, 1970

US Government State Department


Washington, April 7, 1970

Kennedy and Morris expressed concern that an article in the Washington Star, derived from a leak of a sensitive nutritional survey done by U.S. and Nigerian doctors in February, could have serious consequences for the relief effort and the U.S. role in it.

Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 742, Country Files, Africa, Nigeria, Vol. I. Confidential. The memorandum is marked, “HAK has seen, 4/11.” In an April 8 letter to the editor of the Star, George Lythcott, who led the American group that participated in the survey, stated that the numbers were incorrect and the conclusions drawn were wholly in error. Lythcott also sent an apologetic letter to Dr. Silva and Dr. Adesyui in Lagos refuting Doyle's article, which was transmitted to Lagos by the Department in telegram 51941. These and other related items are ibid., RG 59, Records of the Special Coordinator on Relief to Civilian Victims of the Nigerian Civil War, February 1969-June 1970, Lot 70 D 336, Boxes 514 and 517.

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