“Two very strange telegrams,” is the way Bill Prymak described these compelling missives in the opening pages of Volume 1 of his Amelia Earhart Society Newsletters. I don’t know how Prymak procured these provocative documents, or even if they were ever made public before they appeared in the AES Newsletters. I’ve never seen them anywhere else, but maybe someone can shed more light. In his brief note at the bottom of the page, Prymak wrote:
July 30, 1937 from [U.S. Secretary of State] Cordell Hull to American Embassy London, and [second] telegram from [George Palmer] Putnam to Marvin McIntyre, personal secretary to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. We are digging to find out what is so ‘hurtful and internationally embarrassing to all concerned.’ Putnam evidently knew something that had to be kept from the American public; could be that he knew AE did survive July 2nd.”
Here’s the first telegram, from Cordell Hull to the American Embassy in London. At the time, the U.S. Ambassador to Britain was Robert Worth Bingham, whose name has never been associated with the Earhart story, to my knowledge.
In the telegram (above) Hull flatly states that “evidence that to many sources seems positive indicates that Amelia Earhart (Mrs. Putnam) was on land the two nights following her disappearance.” What “evidence” is Hull referencing in his July 30, 1937 telegram, written less than two weeks after the official Navy and Coast Guard reports failed to list a single instance of any such evidence? (See also Truth at Last, pages 38-57.) To this day, these reports are cited as the official U.S. government position on the Earhart matter.
Otherwise, Hull is asking the British government, which owns the Gilbert Islands, to “continue a thorough search in those Islands” and that “Mr. Putnam would be glad to defray the expense involved.” Hull then reports that Putnam is offering an $8,000 reward for “any evidence leading to a solution of her disappearance whether in the nature of wreckage or more positive indication of what happened.”
Can anyone tell us why this statement from the eminent Secretary of State under Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest serving SecDef (11 years) in U.S. history, has never been mentioned by the U.S. media in over 83 years of its dishonest coverage of the Earhart disappearance? Or has it?
Nearly a month later, Amelia Earhart’s husband, George Palmer Putnam, writes to Marvin McIntyre, FDR’s secretary, to complain that “after three weeks” he has been “unable to secure reply or cooperation British [sic] on small specific search financed by me.” Putnam asks McIntyre for help in “getting action at least information” on his request to Britain, adding that he is “anxious [to] head off threatened story by newspaper which knows situation some likely hurtful all concerned and internationally embarrassing.”
To summarize: These two telegrams sent soon after Amelia Earhart’s disappearance contain statements that strongly suggest that Secretary of State Cordell Hull and G.P. Putnam are in possession of facts that directly contradict the official U.S. story. Prymak’s AES Newsletters don’t offer anything further from Hull or Putnam along this thread, so we’re left to speculate just what Hull and Putnam were talking about.
What do you think?