“CIA Documents Acknowledge Its Role in Iran’s 1953 Coup”
BBC News, Aug. 20, 2013
“The CIA has released documents which for the first time formally acknowledge its key role in the 1953 coup which ousted Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq. The documents were published on the independent National Security Archive on the 60th anniversary of the coup. They come from the CIA’s internal history of Iran from the mid-1970s. ‘The military coup… was carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy,’ says one excerpt. The US role in the coup was openly referred to by then US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 2000, and by President Barack Obama in a 2009 speech in Cairo. But until now the intelligence agencies have issued ‘blanket denials’ of their role, says the editor of the trove of documents, Malcolm Byrne. This is believed to be the first time the CIA has itself admitted the part it played in concert with the British intelligence agency, MI6.“
Quickie analysis: Better late than never, I suppose: 60 years later, the CIA is finally admitting that it staged the coup that effectively wiped out democracy in Iran.