File No. 763.72119/1215
The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in the Netherlands ( Garrett)
972. Your 1974, January 30, 5 p.m.1 The person mentioned in your despatch [telegram] No. 1880, January 13, 4 p.m. [a.m.],2 apparently is now speaking not as a representative of a group of German Liberals, but as an informal representative of the German Government. You should make it perfectly clear to him that the Government of the United States under no circumstances will enter into secret negotiations of any sort with representatives of the German Government, that the Government of the United States has [Page 81] no secret purposes or desires, that the aims of the United States will be stated only in public by the President.
Department believes it is not only useless but also dangerous for you to have any further conversations with individual mentioned unless he frankly states that he does not represent German Government but simply reflects the views of a group of German Liberals. …