[cryptome] Re: Fw: "The Battle for Iran," 1953: Re-Release of CIA Internal History Spotlights New Details about anti-Mosaddeq Coup

  • From: John Young <jya@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:44:55 -0400

Footnote to the  CIA Battle for Iran re-release.

In 2000 NY Times published a longer account of the Mossedeq
overthow which was amply redacted, but redacted by a means which
could be easily reversed, which we discovered by accident. We removed
the redactions and published the report despite NY Times' plea
to not do it (we informed the paper beforehand).


Later the Times redid the redactions by a more secure means
and that is the version still offered by the paper. National Security
Archive has brief mention of this event but does not name Cryptome,
merely says it was done by the "Web,"  nor point to our version,
instead points to the NY Times'.

So like the Snowden releases, the USG still considers Ed's disclosures
classified and they may not be cited in official documents. Though
officials read them avidly to complain about harm to the nation.

Kind of like Doug's report on BBC monitoring: layers of
access for the privileged, the least access by those who
pay for the official secrecy done to protect the foolish
but not protect from officials and their craven cohorts.

At 06:18 PM 6/27/2014, you wrote:

Hi Neal,
Tx for the information.

On 27/06/14 20:21, Neal Lamb wrote:

On Friday, June 27, 2014 2:06 PM, National Security Archive <mailto:archive@xxxxxxx><archive@xxxxxxx> wrote:

"The Battle for Iran," 1953: Re-Release of CIA Internal History Spotlights New Details about anti-Mosaddeq Coup

U.S. Ambassador Loy Henderson and Some CIA Officials Initially Disagreed with Certain Premises of Coup Planners

Declassified History Implies British Ties to the Operation, Criticizes London's Policies in Period Leading up to the Overthrow

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 476

Posted on June 27, 2014

Edited by Malcolm Byrne

For more information contact:
202 / 994-7043 or <mailto:nsarchiv@xxxxxxx>nsarchiv@xxxxxxx

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2014 -- During early planning for the 1953 Iran coup, U.S. Ambassador Loy Henderson warned not only that the Shah would not support the United States' chosen replacement for Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq but that the Army would not play its hoped-for leading role without the Shah's active cooperation, according to a newly released version of an internal CIA history of the operation posted today by the National Security Archive.

The Archive, based at The George Washington University, obtained the latest release of this history -- "The Battle for Iran," written in the mid-1970s -- in response to a Mandatory Declassification Review request. (Today's posting includes all previously released versions of the document as well, for purposes of comparison.)

The document goes on to say that members of the CIA's station in Tehran and certain officials at agency headquarters sided with Henderson against some of the assumptions of American coup planners, who were working under "closely held" conditions in Washington during Spring and Summer 1953.

Mainly through interviews with coup participants, scholars have known generally that disagreements existed (and eventually Henderson went along with Mosaddeq's overthrow), but freshly declassified portions of the document posted today provide a few more specifics about the nature of the differences and who held to which views.

The history also offers the most explicit declassified references to-date to British participation in the operation. London's role -- undoubtedly the worst-kept secret in Britain's relationship with Iran over the past 60 years -- has never been formally acknowledged by either British or U.S. authorities.

"The Battle for Iran" is one of three agency histories of the coup that are known to exist. All three have been posted at various times on the National Security Archive's Web site.

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