28 April 1960
Mr. Fred Okrand
257 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, California
I enclose the article from today's Arcadia Tribune.
I would be grateful to you if you would write a letter to the editor or publisher, demanding a retraction. It seems to me
that the statement "Here is a man acting in a manner traitorous to the U. S. government, and we won't stop him" is libelous.
I think that his appellation of me as "a stupid ass" is not libelous, but just an expression of opinion.
Mr. William Sumner of the Pasadena Star News asked if I would like to comment on Cvetic's statement. I gave him a comment,
as follows: "Cvetic is a liar. He has forgotten how to tell the truth. I am ashamed to have to acknowledge him as a fellow
American or even as a fellow human being." Mr. Sumner said that he probably would not use this statement, nor even make mention
in the Pasadena Star News of the Cvetic matter.
I trust that you will write a strong letter to the Arcadia Tribune, asking for a retraction, if you consider that what they
have written is libelous.
I apologize for calling you Jack, when I was talking with you on the telephone. I had just been conversing with a friend
of mine named Jack, and he was still on my mind.
Linus Pauling: jh enclosure