289. Telegram From the Station in Iran to the Central Intelligence Agency1

TEHE 747. 1. MilSitRep last few days:

A. Efforts made to hold assets and develop new ones. Full story later.

B. Movement today genuine peoples uprising led by nobody until leaders were provided.

C. [less than 1 line not declassified] held Zahedi up and he proved to be most courageous, work with military paid off. Farzanegan risked life and got Bakhtiar to agree ride on Tehe with Kermanshah brigade.

D. Batmangelich proved himself a man. Farzanegan now at his side with full [less than 1 line not declassified] orders to secure situation from possible Tudeh takeover. All key points heavily guarded.

E. Zahedi and Guilanshah got in tanks [less than 1 line not declassified] and bravely won the day.

F. Farzanegan made a speech on Radio Tehran and defied them to come get them.

G. MilAtts very helpful today. [less than 1 line not declassified] should acknowledge their great work, particularly Major William Kaiser, Assistant Air Attaché. McClure was of no assistance.

H. Every fifteen minutes through crucial night [less than 1 line not declassified] receives reports from Chief of Staff’s and Prime Minister’s office.

I. Army is getting ready for Tudeh.

J. Complete (new government) lineup now appointed. Momtaz had to be killed. Will keep you advised.

K. City quiet 10 hundred hours local.

End of message.

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency. Secret; Priority. [text not declassified] Transcribed specifically for the Foreign Relations series from microfilm in the Central Intelligence Agency that no longer exists. See “Sources” chapter.