288. Telegram From the Embassy in Iran to the Department of State1

400. PTT and Press and Propaganda offices occupied. Telegrams reportedly being sent provinces urging pro-Shah action similar that of Tehran.

Embassy officers report truckloads soldiers, civilians and six tanks seen roaming city displaying pictures Shah.

Radio Tehran played nothing but recorded music for short period after Press and Propaganda taken and silent thereafter.

General Daftari reportedly appointed Tehran Military Governor and Police Chief. He apparently attempting use, according Embassy radio intercepts, Customs Guards organization he previously commanded in behalf Mosadeq regime.

  1. Source: National Archives, RG 84, Tehran Embassy Files, Lot 60 F 86, general records, 1953–1955, Box 7. Restricted; NIACT. Drafted by Cuomo and repeated NIACT to London. The telegram is the Embassy copy as approved and has no time of transmission.