In the context of the disputed Iran volume, HAC members worried about the "random" nature of these provisions which gave the agency "a second bite at the apple. The Ayatollah Behbahani also used his influence to rally religious demonstrators against Mosaddegh.
In July, with the help of collaborator Fazlollah Zahedi, who succeeded Mosaddegh following the coup, CIA drafted the blueprint for the execution of the coup.
An understanding of seems particularly poignant as the US and the international community grapple with the question of Iran amidst unprecedented levels of internal discord. When Mosaddegh dissolved the Parliament, his opponents decried this act because he had effectively given himself "total power".
The only way he could do that was to sell oil. However, it is important to note that there are redactions before and after this passage which certainly might say this. British agents in Tehran "worked to subvert" the government of Mosaddegh, who sought help from President Truman and then the World Bank but to no avail.
The agency specifically held up action on four volumes to make its point, while HAC historians countered that the volumes were being "held hostage" and the HO was being forced to work "under the threat of 'blackmail'. The CIA played a necessary and critical role in orchestrating the coup, but its actions were successful only through the cooperation of thousands of Iranians, from street toughs and army generals to feckless clerics and ordinary citizens eager to prove their loyalty to whoever ended up the winner.
Tens of thousands had lost their jobs at the Abadan refinery, and although most understood and passionately supported the idea of nationalisation, they naturally hoped that Mosaddegh would find a way to put them back to work.
Figure 9: A view of the legal team of Britain and Ireland in caucus. The papers also chronicle the US fear of growing influence of communists and Islamists in post-War Iran, particularly the sway of Tudeh Party.
Two days later, FCO officials began to pass the message up the line that "very embarrassing things about the British" were likely to be in the upcoming FRUS compilation Document You may rest assured, Mr.