CIA formally acknowledges its role in 1953 Iranian coup

From USA Today:  The CIA, in recently declassified documents, has formally acknowledged that the spy agency helped to plan and execute the coup in Iran in 1953 that overthrew the democratically elected prime minister who was in the process of nationalizing the country's British-controlled oil industry.

The acknowledgement is contained in documents obtained by the National Security Archive through a Freedom of Information Act. The Archive, which is based at George Washington University's Gelman Library in Washington, posted the documents on its website along with related material.

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 Archive notes.

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