Fifty-three year old American Ambassador Clare H. Timberlake was filmed at work recently in the?
Fifty-three year old American Ambassador Clare H. Timberlake was filmed at work recently in the quiet atmosphere of the U.S. Embassy in Leopoldville, capital of the Congo Republic.
Virtually unknown before the Congo attained independence June 30, Mr. Timberlake has proved himself more than adequate in his first Ambassadorial post, although competing with such formidable opposition as Russian Ambassador Michel Yakovlev - specially appointed by Premier Khrushchev.
When the Congo situation exploded, Ambassador Timberlake was able to draw upon 30 years of experience as a professional diplomat. Diplomatic sources in the Congo say he was responsible for the prompt and timely arrival of the United Nations force...aboard U.S. Air Force transport planes.
He knows Colonel Mobutu well. And there is reported to be constant contact between the two men. But an Ambassador's job is to maintain close liaison with personalities involved in running the country to which they are appointed. It has been said the Timberlake's advice was sought before Colonel Mobutu expelled ambassador Yakovlev and ambassadors of other Socialist countries.
Born in Jackson. Michigan. USA. Oct. 29,1907.
Married, with five children.