Four Months After 1953 Coup

CIA Memo Finds “Little To Show” in Shah’s Iran

The Mossadegh Project | January 19, 2017                    

Although this nondescript CIA document is quite brief, unsigned and undated, it reveals the impatience the U.S. was feeling after the August 19, 1953 coup in Iran it engineered. Declassified in 2000, this formerly top secret document was probably created in late December 1953 or early January 1954.

CIA Documents on Iran, Mossadegh, 1953 Coup


1. More than 4 months since Mossadegh thrown out and Shah and Zahedi [Premier Fazlollah Zahedi] little to show:

    A. No oil settlement

    B. British are "back" - no serious reaction

    C. No social reforms

    D. Economy hanging together with our aid

    E. Mossadegh trial goes on

2. This may continue for some months more without crack - but time not indefinite

3. Majlis' [Majles = Parliament] elections in January - to be completed in 24 hour period -

    3,000 candidates for 136 seats

    "Candidates must be completely honest by reputation"

    Tudeh [Communists] may join forces with extreme right - but can't put up candidates of its own

Document was declassified by the CIA on August 30, 2000.

TOP SECRET CIA Document, four months after 1953 coup in Iran


Related links:

Along the Road Toward Dictatorship | CIA Propaganda (August 1953)

Max Thornburg: Notes For Discussion With Dean Acheson (1951)

Prospects For Survival of Mossadeq Regime in Iran (1952 CIA Report)

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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