Iran 1953: State Department Finally Releases Updated Official History of Mosaddeq Coup

15 June 2017 — National Security Archive

Formerly Secret Documents from State, CIA Provide New Information about Covert Operations Planning and Implementation Plus Contemporaneous Analyses

Long-Awaited Volume Supplements Earlier Publication that Whitewashed U.S., British Roles

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 598

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2017 The State Department today released its long-awaited “retrospective” volume of declassified U.S. government documents on the 1953 coup in Iran, including records describing planning and implementation of the covert operation.  

The publication is the culmination of decades of internal debates and public controversy after a previous official collection omitted all references to the role of American and British intelligence in the ouster of Iran’s then-prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddeq.  The volume is part of the Department’s venerable Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series.

The National Security Archive applauded the publication but the Archive’s Iran-U.S. Relations Project director termed the decades of delay in releasing the documents “mind-boggling.”

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