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293. Telegram From the Central Intelligence Agency [text not declassified]1

DIR 16556. 1. State has received Eisenhower approval that message essentially same as one proposed originally by Kermit Roosevelt can be delivered personally, orally, and confidentially to Shah. Decision as to when this message can be released and sent [less than 1 line not declassified] to Teheran for delivery will be made by DCI.

2. Eisenhower and State do not want this message joint with Churchill nor does Eisenhower want Churchill to affiliate himself with message. Also Churchill should not make any reference this message in one of his own.

3. DCOS, Tehran pass para 1 and 2 above to MI–6 in most diplomatic way possible.

4. Tehran should not take action para 1 above until Spaake release and approved text received. This should be soonest.

End of message.

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