57 Mr R. G. Casey, Minister to the United States, to Department of External Affairs
Cablegram 717  WASHINGTON, 3 September 1941, 10.20 p.m.
I saw the Secretary of State  today. His main regard is to avoid things being said or done that would precipitate fall of the Konoye Government and its replacement by vicious hot-head Government. Consequently he greatly deplores the publication here today of story of Japanese invitation to President to meet Konoye  which he fears will be used by the Japanese extremists as indicating appeasement tendency on the part of Konoye.
I believe it probable that the Chinese here may have prompted leakage of story of Konoye-Roosevelt meeting. They are mortally afraid of being sold down the river although I believe this is the last thing the United States would do.
The Secretary of State regards the tenure of Konoye Government as precarious.
Secretary of State said his principal objective in resuming discussions with Japan was to gain precious time during which United States can improve their position in the Far East. He said he had only a faint hope of success resulting from such discussions.
He believes it possible that American petrol tankers going to Vladivostok may be stopped by Japanese and hinted that if this happened United States would finally stop all shipments to Japan.