CIA Finally Owns Up To Its Role In 1953 Iran Coup Amid Protests In Egypt

by
Fatimah Mazhar
After almost six decades, the U.S. intelligence community acknowledged ‘openly’ that it was behind the controversial overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran, and its head of government Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953.

CIA-Iran Coup Confession Comes Amid Egypt Protests

After almost six decades, the U.S. intelligence community acknowledged ‘openly’ that it was behind the controversial overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran, and its head of government Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953.

According to the statement published on the website of the National Security Archive, “The explicit reference to the CIA's role appears in a copy of an internal history, The Battle for Iran, dating from the mid-1970s. The agency released a heavily excised version of the account in 1981 in response to an ACLU lawsuit, but it blacked out all references to TPAJAX, the code name for the U.S.-led operation. Those references appear in the latest release.”

 “Additional CIA materials posted include working files from Kermit Roosevelt, the senior CIA officer on the ground in Iran during the coup. They provide new specifics as well as insights into the intelligence agency's actions before and after the operation.”

While the ‘publication’ of the confession is big news, the confession itself is not. In fact, this was a long-established fact which only needed an official confirmation from the CIA. (Or maybe it didn’t).

The Iran coup-confession comes just days after the CIA confirmed the existence of Area 51 in Nevada, the existence of which was previously denied by the intelligence agency.

The 2013 Egyptian Coup:

While the CIA is being criticized for not acknowledging facts such as the existence of Area 51 and its role in the Iran coup, the agency is also being accused of Mohamed Morsi’s ouster and military takeover in Egypt and the ongoing bloody protests.

READ: The Army Takeover In Egypt And Hypocrisy Of Western Powers

Iranian-American writer and poet Setareh Sabety wrote, “With Egypt going down the spiral of violence and sectarianism, on this 60th anniversary of the US engineered coup d'etat that re-installed the Shah, I cannot help but think that had Mossadeq been allowed to govern, all of this might have been avoided in the entire region. Our secular overthrow of the Shah rather than Islamist revolution would have set the trend, provided a model to be copied by others in the region for many years to come. Shame: one CIA gaffe and so many years of suffering.”

Almost every other person is now establishing (or trying to establish) a connection between the 1953 Iran coup and the Egypt coup this year.

And it all sounds quite legitimate. Doesn’t it?

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