The British spy, a coup that changed the Middle East – and the cover-up

Documentary reveals key evidence confirming MI6 agent’s role in the 1953 uprising in Iran – and shows how all clues to his identity disappeared after an Observer story exposing the plot

‘My brief was simple. Go to Iran and use intelligence service money to overthrow Mossadegh by legal or quasi-legal means’ MI6’s Norman Darbyshire

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

The hidden role of a British secret service officer who led the coup that permanently altered the Middle East is to be revealed for the first time since an Observer news story was suppressed in 1985. The report, headlined “How MI6 and CIA joined...

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