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Exchanges reveal an ugly American abroad out to bring down conservatives
Topic - Thomas Boghardt
On the morning of March 1, 1917, virtually every American newspaper published a bombshell story: a report on a telegram from the German foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, proposing an alliance with Mexico. He offered his country's support to Mexico for reconquering "the lost territory in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona" in exchange for a Mexican attack on the United States should the Americans enter the war on the side of the Allies.
Mr. Boghardt writes, "Trusting in the Germans' good faith, the Americans accepted numerous encrypted messages without being knowledgeable of their actual content."
As Mr. Boghardt writes, "In other words, the director of naval intelligence had unilaterally made the decision to share a highly sensitive piece of information with a foreign power without proper authorization from his own government."