Exhibit 9: Statement British prime-minister Asquith October 3 1914

(Morel. E.D., Truth and the War (1916) p.287,288)

They (The German Government) wanted us to pledge ourselves absolutely to neutrality in the event of Germany being engaged in war, and this, mind you, at a time when Germany was enormously increasing both her aggressive and defensive resources, and especially upon the sea. They asked us- to put it quite plainly, they asked us for a free hand so far as we were concerned, if, and when, they selected the opportunity to overbear, to dominate, the European world