[Transmittal of memorandum; CIA plans to send
special team to S. Vietnam to develop
necessary covert resources for info re
effectiveness of MRC and public acceptance of
new Govt.; not CIA's role in past, but
critical.] Letter, John A. McCone, DCI, to
Lyndon B. Johnson, President. Dec. 23, 1963.
1 p. Att: Highlights of Discussions in Saigon
18-20 December 1963 [no organized government
in S. Vietnam; reports of last year for GVN
officials grossly in error; VC strength much
stronger; infiltration of cadres from N.
Vietnam through Laos; relocation of villages
has caused whole scale defections in protest;
there are more reasons to be pessimistic than
optimistic about prospects of US success in
S. Vietnam]. Dec. 21, 1963. 3 p. SECRET. Declassified Apr. 15, 1975.