334. Memorandum From the Deputy Chief of the Near East and Africa Division, Directorate of Plans ([name not declassified]) to the Deputy Director for Plans, Central Intelligence Agency (Wisner)1


  • Termination of the [less than 1 line not declassified] phase of TPAJAX

I have discussed this matter with Mr. Roosevelt. He feels it should be discussed as casually as possible and at the operating level. He suggests I be designated to take it up with [name not declassified] here and does not believe it advisable to call in either RS of the British Embassy or any State Department official. He proposes I take the following line with [name not declassified]. Raising the subject of the [less than 1 line not declassified] I should state that we do feel that the period of [less than 1 line not declassified] operation has come to an end and we don’t want the [name not declassified], or for that matter any other agent, to speak on our behalf. As [name not declassified] is well aware, Mr. Roosevelt so informed both the Shah and Gen. Zahedi. We should therefore now revert to the type of relationship which existed prior to the initiation of TPAJAX with this one change however; to wit that so long as the British have no official representation in Tehran we will continue to pass on to [Page 805] [name not declassified] operational information which in our opinion appears to have a bearing on the future of TPAJAX.2

[name not declassified]3
  1. Source: Central Intelligence Agency, DDO Files, Job 80–01701R, Box 3, Folder 10, TPAJAX. Secret; Security Information.
  2. In the left margin next to this sentence is a typed note by Wisner that reads: “‘Okay’ FGW.”
  3. Printed from a copy that bears [name not declassified] typed signature and an indication that he signed the original. At the end of the memorandum is a typed note that reads: “This moderate–medium level initial approach was discussed with and approved by the DCI—and [name not declassified] should proceed. FGW 21 October 1953.” Another note reads: “Original returned to [name not declassified] on 21 October 1953 with FGW’s notes in his own handwriting instructing [name not declassified] to proceed with above.”