August 19th, 2013
02:52 PM ET

CIA acknowledges role in '53 Iran coup

Sixty years after the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a declassified CIA document acknowledges that the agency was involved in the 1953 coup.

The independent National Security Archive research institute, which published the document Monday, says the declassification is believed to mark the CIA's first formal acknowledgment of its involvement.

The documents, declassified in 2011 and given to George Washington University research group under the Freedom of Information Act, come from the CIA's internal history of Iran from the mid-1970s and paint a detailed picture of how the CIA worked to oust Mossadegh.


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  1. chrissy

    Sounds pretty familier to the coup in Epypt!

    August 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    The '53 coup overthrew a democratic govt & installed the Shah, one of the most brutal dictators of the region. His rule seeded the popular revolution that saw Iran turn towards Ayotallah governance.

    August 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    If the democratic process was allowed to continue in Iran I'm sure generally educated & outward looking Iranians would have taken a different route.

    August 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Yes @chrissy
    News to that effect have been going around – our bankrolling the anti-Morsi protests.

    August 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A Guy

    Breaking news: the CIA helped overthrow Mossadegh and install the Shah. No kidding? Next they'll be telling us that the sky is blue and water is wet.

    August 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hope

    I agree, Say What... The Policies of the U.S. has never been a furtherance of Democracy as it has been to reek havoc and confusion. No doubt the CIA sees the world as it does its own population from a biased point of view.

    August 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hope


    August 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Sixty years from now, I won't even be here to see what role the CIA played in anything.

    August 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Faith

    The CIA was involved?? I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked!

    August 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hope

    @ Faith:

    I agree... It

    August 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hope


    Ha Ha Ha Ha HaHa

    August 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Color me surprised.

    August 20, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Denver

    Why is this reported as a barely visible blog where we have stories about Kim Kardashian and a bar shooting on front page?

    August 21, 2013 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |