CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN - 1951/02/28

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February 28, 1951
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Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 TOP SECRET 28 February 1951 Copy No. C CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO. Ct.I.ANGE IN CLASS. iFiED CLASS. CHANGED TO: TS- 4, 80 rtp,:1" FIEVIEW DATE´┐Ż ?-0 t.I 70-2 DAT !J # .1.1. FIEVIEWER: Office of Current Intelligence` CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 F-1 The President The Secretary of State The Secretary of Defense Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chief of Staff, United States Army Chief of Naval Operations Chief of Staff, United States Air Force 9 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 or Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 1.1"J J. '4604- SUMMARY GENERAL 2. UK seeks lead from US; London brokers sell to USSR (page 3). FAR EAST 3. Mine-laying operations completed at Wonsan (page 4). WESTERN EUROPE 5. German Social Democrat states party will oppose Schuman Plan (page 5). EASTERN EUROPE 6. Titoist movement uncovered in Czech Communist Party (page 6). -2 - TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) rr Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 J. 1.7.C.J1/4.01.1..L4 J. GENERAL 3.5(c) , 3.3(h)(2) 2. UK seeks lead from US; London brokers sell to USSR: US Press 17 Feb 51 A 17 February press dispatch from London states that the British Ministry of Supply is seeking between 2,000 and 3,000 tons of lead for prompt shipment from the US or other dollar areas, as well as undisclosed quantities for shipment over the remainder of 1951. Effective 1 February, the supply of lead to domestic con- sumers was reduced from the 1950 average monthly level because of a recent decrease in lead stocks held by the Ministry of Supply. At the same time, London metal brokers have handled at least 1,100 tons of virgin lead shipments to the USSR during the past few months. 3 TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 3.3(h)(2) 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 Comment: The Soviet trade messages do not disclose the original source of the lead involved, but Spain and Mexico have in the past been large suppliers. It appears that ´┐ŻLondon metal brokers are taking advantage of the high prices of- fered by the USSR for strategic metals, while the British Govern- ment seeks to replenish domestic supplies from the US. FAR EAST 3. Mine-laying operations completed at Wonsan: Despite the difficulties created by UN bombardment, North Korean mine- laying operations in Wonsan bay were completed on 26 February. North Korean naval authorities in the area have requested permission to send mine-layincr crews north t rfile_ia Hungnam) to continue their work0 new shipment of mines is moving soutnwara on the rail line leading from Tumen, Manchuria. 4 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 3.5(c) f.,.3.3(h)(2) 3.3(h)(2) 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 CRE 3.5(c) 3.3(h WESTERN EUROPE 5. German Social Democrat states party will oppose Schuman Plan: )(2) 6E/4 r- Social Democratic Party member of the 3.3(h)(2) West German Bundestag delegation visiting the 3.3(h)(2) United States, told US officials that his party had decided to oppose the Schuman Plan categorically. doubted whether. Chancellor Adenauer would submit the Plan to the undestag, where, he said, it would be beaten by the Social Democrat vote, together with the vote of those Free Democrats repre- senting the Ruhr interests opposed to the Plan. Comment: There has been no indication that Adenauer has changed his intention to secure Bundestag ratification of the Schuman Plan. Although certain Free Democrats are strongly opposed to the Schuman Plan, the party is unlikely to risk the down- fall of the government by voting against it on this issue. Without Free Democrat opposition, the Plan is likely to be ratified. 5 Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 Txt)P SECRET EASTERN EUROPE 3.5(c) 6. 3.3(h)(2) Titoist movement uncovered in Czech Communist Party: (1 6 i-it,S.col 4 An official announcement of the arrest of , former Foreign Minister Vladimir Clementis has appeared in the Czech press. At a spe- cial three-day session of the Central Com- mittee of the Czech Communist Party, Clementis and four other mem- bers of the Central Committee were indicted for having organized a "widespread plot to gain control of the Party" and to "usurp the leadership of the State." In an address before the Central Committee, Czech. President and Party Chairman Gottwald promised that "Czech- oslovakia will not become a second Yugoslavia," called for greater vigilance on the part of the Party leadership, and reminded all Czechs to remain faithful to Stalin. Comment: The Central Committee's action confirms the existence of a long-suspected struggle for influence within the Czech Party. The recent intensification of this struggle probably reflects resistance within the Party to Soviet efforts to ex- tend more effective control over the Czech economy. 6 TOP-SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/03/14 C03175206 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2)