Sofia Embassy Cable, Bulgarian Reportage of Krenz-Gorbachev Summit Stresses Unanimity, Stability, and Party Supremacy
On November 1, 1989, the new East German leader Egon Krenz traveled to Moscow for a summit meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss the mounting crisis in the GDR and seek a greater level of cooperation between the two states. The following excerpt is taken from a diplomatic cable sent from the U.S. Embassy in Sophia, Bulgaria and reports on how the summit was depicted in the Bulgarian press. When compared with the reports by both the Soviet and East German governments, it is clear that the public portrayal of the situation in Bulgaria was cleansed of any information that might incite similar movements or calls for reform.
U.S. Embassy Sofia to U.S. Secretary of State, "Bulgarian Reportage of Krenz-Gorbachev Summit Stresses Unanimity, Stability, and Party Supremacy," 3 November 1989, Cold War International History Project, Documents and Papers, CWIHP (accessed May 14, 2008).