In declassified document, CIA acknowledges role in '53 Iran coup
August 19th, 2013
02:53 PM ET

In declassified document, CIA acknowledges role in '53 Iran coup

By Dan Merica and Jason Hanna

Sixty years after the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a declassified CIA document acknowledges that the agency was involved in the 1953 coup.

The independent National Security Archive research institute, which published the document Monday, says the declassification is believed to mark the CIA's first formal acknowledgment of its involvement.

The documents, declassified in 2011 and given to George Washington University research group under the Freedom of Information Act, come from the CIA's internal history of Iran from the mid-1970s and paint a detailed picture of how the CIA worked to oust Mossadegh.

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  1. D.E.Bloodworth

    First my apologies to George p., I went back and read some...to OldBJ, no silence now and still few TBG'rs. To John Smith, 'tru be dat'! To Powder, either share some, or you just shared some wisdom! Pete, please consider all of Presidents with access to tools like ATF/CIA/DOD/FBI/IRS/NSA etc., etc. will use them, no matter the political affiliation. It is when our foibles like ego or pride cause history to look unfavorably more at first, then softened like our memories, at least until the Freedom Of Information Act runs out and declassified information is available.

    August 22, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
  2. Powder

    Folks let us learn from our mistakes please. We can do much better.

    August 21, 2013 at 5:08 am | Reply
  3. Powder

    Stuff that happens in this World can be mind boggling! Of late i'm increasingly thinking of completely living my Life according to the Bible, God's way. I don't even trust myself sometimes because of the debauchery, and unfaithfulness humans are capable off! Don't you reckon most decisions we take are influnced by the Devil? Look at devilish organisations without respect for Life except power and domination and the pleasures therein that have flourished all over the World. Organisations that can kill when you beg them to leave you alone so you may live a loving, peaceful and productive life favoured by the Creator.

    August 21, 2013 at 5:05 am | Reply
  4. secular

    This is not a Republican vs. Democrat issue, just as bad or even worst was the Carter administration during the Iranian revolution, Carter's inability and incompetent stance on foreign policy caused the phenomena of the Islamic fanatics of what we see today, wonder if he sees his disastrous foreign policy today would have made a difference on his decisions back in 1979.

    August 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • George patton

      The only wrong thing that Pres. Jimmy Carter did about Iran was to support that horrific Shah Reza Pahlavi to the bitter end although he knew the horrific human rights record the Shah had. He should have welcomed the 1979 Revolution which overthrew the Shah and later have the Shah persecuted for his human rights violations along with the infamous S.A.V.A.K. which was created in 1953 by the C.I.A.!!!

      August 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Reply
      • secular

        If any one today after the world have witnessed the atrocity and damage that the devil himself Khomeini brought to Iran and Iranians and still bad mouths the Shah then he is either a traitor with blood on his hands from 100,000's+ murders by the Islamic Fundamentalist Fascists of the current regime of Iran or a sympathizer of an Islamic Fundamentalist sect such as Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Alawite, etc...

        August 22, 2013 at 12:10 am |
  5. Pete

    Yah another dirty deal done by the CIA with a republican president no less in the WH in Eisenhower!!Sounds like another deal that was done under a republican president that had CIA,NSA implications remember the Iraq war with Bush,need I say more about a war that had no supposid WMDs that intelligence said was there in the first place,how convenient ha republicans to start a war just on a hunch and a bunch of lies!!

    August 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      Well put, Pete.

      August 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  6. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    August 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      Thank you, John. You just about said it all.

      August 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  7. George Patton-2

    What happened to all the mindless Tea Partiers here? I don't see any of them blogging in here to take up for the C.I.A. Did they all go out of town for another Tea Party convention or what?

    August 20, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  8. D.E.Bloodworth

    George, OldBJ, does anybody care?

    August 20, 2013 at 5:37 am | Reply
  9. oldblindjohn

    And the silence is deafening.

    August 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  10. George patton

    Why should this surprise anyone? Everyone knows that the C.I.A.(Criminals In Action) engineered the 1953 coup that overthrew the populist leader Mosedegh. He was thrown in prison and was later tortured to death, thaks to the C.I.A. created SAVAK!!!

    August 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Reply

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