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"...Lt.-Col. John H. Van Vliet Jr. (US Army) dictated his original
report about his May 13, 1943 visit to Katyn in Maj.-Gen. Clayton L.
Bissell's (Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G-2) Pentagon
office on May 22, 1945. Gen. Bissell classified the Report as "Top
Secret" and made it disappear - instantly, permanently and without a
Conveniently too, as its disclosure to the World would irritate the
Soviets quite unnecessarily at the time, when their friendship and
cooperation were crucial for the United States (unfinished struggle
with Japan, San Francisco Conference, etc.). Although President
Roosevelt was finally dead, his spirit of pro-sovietism and
appeasement was still omnipotent in the highest circles of the
In the end of the 1940s, however, not only Roosevelt and his Soviet-
manipulated Administration were long gone - so was the American-
Soviet friendship. The issue of the Katyn Massacre, for several
years so carefully and sometimes quite ruthlessly suppressed by the
authorities in the United States, resurfaced. Not as an expression
of remorse for the original handling of the Katyn Massacre during
and shortly after the war - convenience, again, played to the
interests of the United States of America..."