Vienna (Aug. 21)
The Roumanian consul-general in Vienna, believed acting on the personal request of King Carol, today suddenly suspended from his duties, in the consulate as a member of the Roumanian secret police, M. Radoi, a Jewish officer in the secret police. It is believed that the suspension of M. Radoi resulted from King Carol’s resentment at the manner in which the suspended officer watched him, on instructions from the former Liberal government, during his recent exile and kept the government informed as to his relations with Madame Helene Lupescu.
The suspension of M. Radoi, an observant Jew, is the talk of the day in Austria and the political sensation of the hour in Roumania. While here it is reported that his suspension came at the personal request of the King, Roumanian papers close to the court declare that he was suspended because of the alleged revelations of Gregory Bessedowsky, former Soviet official in Paris, that a certain major in the Roumanian secret police had been a spy in the employ of Soviet Russia and Radoi is suspected of being this spy.
On the one hand the afternoon anti-Semitic papers here as well as the “Reichspost,” the organ of the Christian Socialists, have begun an attack against M. Radoi, with the “Reichspost” calling for his expulsion from Austria. On the other hand the Liberal party papers in Roumania speak highly of M. Radoi’s political and personal character, praising particularly his excellent services in the fight against Communism and indicating that the British and American governments had gratefully utilized his information against the Communists.