File No. 763.72119/1221b

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page )1


6383. It has been reported in the press that Count Czernin stated to the Austrian Delegations that the text of his recent speech had already been submitted to President Wilson before being delivered. [Page 52] You may informally advise the Government to which you are accredited that there is no foundation whatever for this statement. At the same time you may state that in view of the apparent sensation which the statement is causing in Germany, the Department is not making any comment for publication at the present time. Repeat to Paris, 3117, and Rome, 1050.

  1. Repeated by circular telegram, on the same date, “for your information and not for communication,” to the diplomatic representatives in Denmark, Greece (for paraphrase to the Special Agent at Corfu), the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.