- Correspondence to the President from Nasser G. Afshar, Editor, Iran Free Press
On September 18, Afshar again wrote the White House, this time requesting a reply to his September 1 letter to the President which he attached in copy form. Afshar also attached a copy of the Aug/Sept edition of his Iran Free Press. As shown on page 2, Afshar had published his letter to the President.
We recommend no reply to Afshar. For reasons outlined in my Memorandum for the Files of April 26, 1972, we and the Shah consider this organization (possibly a one-man operation) offensive.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1282, Saunders Files, Middle East Negotiations, Iran 10/1/72–12/31/72. The attached copy of the August/September Edition of the Iran Free Press is not published. Afshar sent copies of the Iran Free Press to the American Embassy in Tehran, which on October 12, 1971 sought unsuccessfully to get off the distribution list, fearing that Afshar hoped to get the publication into local circulation. (Douglas Heck to Jack Miklos, NEA/IRN, Office of Iran Affairs, Lot File 75D351, Box 6, PS 7 Iran 1969–71, Assistance to Americans, Nasser Afshar 1971.) On July 18, 1972, Douglas Heck of the Embassy argued against official replies to Afshar’s publication, since “such letters give the publication recognition it does not deserve as well as a peg for further attacks on us and Iran. In addition [they] might be misinterpreted here as suggesting that arguments in this rag are worthy of official response even though what you are trying to do is correct some of the outrageous statements about Iran.” (Heck to Miklos, NEA/IRN, Office of Iran Affairs, Lot File 75D365, Box 7, POL 23, Internal Security, Counter-Insurgency, Iran 1972). Miklos agreed.↩
- Saunders recommended no reply to the most recent letter sent to the President by Nasser Afshar, editor of the Iran Free Press.↩