852.24/551: Telegram

The Ambassador in Germany (Wilson) to the Secretary of State

91. In the Angriff, the press organ of Minister Goebbels, an alleged request of the Department to the “Red Spanish Embassy” to desist from armament purchases in America was criticised as being merely intended to “save face”. In a short editorial yesterday which concluded “that one will nevertheless continue to make a profit—industry will simply negotiate direct—is a neat proof of the skill of the Foreign Office of the United States. The arms dealers will well know how to appreciate such skill.”