|Clausen Quotes Message Sent by British Agent News Article
|C.W.J. Phelps Collection
|First Phelps Scrap Book
|University of Virginia Law Library
Clausen Quotes Message Sent by British Agent Washington (UP) – Col. Henry C. Clausen, former U. S. Army investigator, told the Pearl Harbor investigating committee that British Secret Agent Gerald Wilkinson, a British Army Intelligence colonel living in Manila as a civilian, on Dec. 3, 1941, cabled British authorities in Honolulu warning that the Japanese were improving Indo-Chinese railways and moving in 100,000 troops. Clausen said Wilkinson’s message said: “It is our considered opinion that Japan envisages early hostilities with Great Britain and the United States but not with Russia.” Clausen said the message was received that night in Honolulu by an FBI man, “a Mr. Shivers”; Colonel Bicknell, G-2 on Lt. Gen. Walter Short’s staff; and Captain Mayfield of the Navy Intelligence office. The Wilkinson message was said to have noted that the Japanese also were improving their airfields in Indo-China. It was said to have warned that the Japanese were moving in tanks and big guns.