CIA admits organising 1953 Iran coup

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alja

Tampa, FL

#1 Aug 20, 2013
CIA admits organising 1953 Iran coup

Recently declassified document details CIA's role in overthrow of elected Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh in 1953.

The coup "was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy", the document says [GALLO/GETTY]


The CIA has admitted to orchestrating the August 1953 coup that toppled Iran's prime minister after he tried to nationalise his country's oil wealth from Britain, according to a declassified document.

George Washington University's National Security Archive, which obtained the documents under the Freedom of Information Act, a law that promotes government transparency, said that a secret internal history marked
the most explicit CIA admission, on Sunday.

"The military coup that overthrew Mosadeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy," the document said, using an alternative spelling of Mossadegh.

The CIA's role in the overthrow of Mohammad Mossadegh has long been known, with the coup haunting relations between the United States and Iran six decades later.

Mossadegh had angered Britain by moving to take over the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, the predecessor of modern-day BP. The British believed that control of Iranian oil was vital to reviving their economy from the destruction of World War II.

The internal CIA history, released by the National Security Archive to mark the coup's 60th anniversary, offered a degree of understanding of Mossadegh's position and rejected Western media depictions of him as "a
madman" or "an emotional bundle of senility".

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/0...

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