233 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram   WASHINGTON, 12 May 1940, 12.50 p.m.
The President of the United States  communicated with the British Ambassador here  during the night, that he had some reason to believe that the Japanese were contemplating intervention in the Netherlands East Indies. The President would not give the source of his information. At the President's request the British Ambassador telephoned the British Foreign Secretary  who promised to issue a statement at once to the effect that Allied troops would evacuate the Dutch West Indian Islands as soon as the situation there was in hand which might be almost at once.
The British Foreign Secretary also speaking to the Japanese Ambassador in London  in this sense. The British Ambassador seeing the President again within a few hours. I will telegraph again as soon as there is any more news.