New Findings on Clerical Involvement in the 1953 Coup in Iran
*“Large Sums of Money” from U.S. Embassy Sent to “Influential People” in
Tehran Prior to August 19, Declassified British Memo Alleges * *Latest
Declassification of Internal CIA History “The Battle for Iran” Adds More
Detail to the Public Record* National Security Archive Electronic Briefing
Book No. 619

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*Washington, D.C., March 7, 2018 – *Senior Iranian clerics reportedly
received “large sums of money” from U.S. officials prior to the August 1953
coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq, according to a
contemporaneous British document located by researchers at the U.S.
National Archives.  It is posted in full today for the first time by the
nongovernmental National Security Archive, based at The George Washington

Also featured in today’s posting is a version of *The Battle for Iran*, one
of three internal CIA histories produced about the coup.  Like the British
memo, the document has been released before but with heavy excisions.  The
CIA reviewed *Battle* again and declassified substantial portions of it in
response to a Mandatory Declassification Review request by the National
Security Archive.

The role of clerics is one of the remaining unanswered questions
surrounding Mosaddeq’s ouster.  More specifically, it is uncertain whether
religious figures obtained funds from the West – and if so whether they
knew the source of those funds.  The records published today provide
further information on that and other topics, which will continue to be
matters of intensive debate.

Check out today's posting at the National Security Archive

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