Open the Files on the Iran Coup

One major obstacle to the release of American government documents on the 1953 coup is that this covert action was a joint Anglo-American operation, codenamed “Tp-Ajax” by the C.I.A. and “Boot” by the S.I.S. Britain’s Foreign Office has been opposed to the release of any American documents that make reference to the British role in the coup. When these documents were first considered for release in 1978, a State Department official warned the Foreign Office that the documents contained “very embarrassing things about the British.” London and Washington have colluded ever since to keep these documents under lock and key.

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