274 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 96 WASHINGTON,   May 1940, 6.53 p.m.
My telegram No. 94 to Canberra, 21 to London. 
Having seen press reports of German advice to Tokyo that Germany was not interested in Netherlands East Indies problem and heard that my Netherlands colleague  regarded this as giving Japan the all-clear signal, I enquired this morning views of State Department. Mr. Hornbeck  informed me that the more jingoistic Japanese press is interpreting this as a signal for Japanese action, but State Department believes that Japan will not make a move until they are assured of German success in Europe made [sic] it quite safe. Mr. Sumner Welles  assured Lord Lothian  last evening that United States had no intention of moving fleet from Hawaii to Atlantic although two heavy cruisers might be detached to patrol United States coast and South America.