297. Memorandum From the Deputy Director for Plans, Central Intelligence Agency (Wisner) to Mitchell1


  • Proposed Message to “C”

I should appreciate it if you would be kind enough to convey a message along the following lines to your chief, in acknowledgement of his informal message to me of August 20.2

[1 paragraph (6 lines) not declassified]

“Regarding significance this matter, we regard it as substantial victory for the West as matters now appear, but are very concerned over numerous and significant possibilities of new set-back or reversal. Tudeh potential remains very strong and we should not rule out even an attempted “snatch” operation by opposition. We must not relax vigilance and must do all within our capabilities to provide support and encouragement to new regime and to prevail upon our respective Foreign Offices (and defense establishments) to act in ways best calculated to shore up present regime and avoid statements or actions which would be locally harmful. We are moving along these lines and have received certain encouraging assurances.”

  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency, DDO Files, Job 80–01701R, Box 3, Folder 10, TPAJAX. Top Secret; Eyes Only. The recipient is referred to as “Mr. Mitchell” in the original and is not further identified.
  2. Attached but not printed.