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The U.S. Intelligence Liaison Relationship with Iran from May to October, 1979
When Mar 24, 2011
from 04:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Grand Salon
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Political science professor Dr. Mark Gasiorowski will present new evidence about an effort by the US government to establish an intelligence-exchange relationship with the Iranian government soon after its 1979 Islamic revolution, at a time of growing radicalism and anti-Americanism in Iran. This effort culminated in an October 15, 1979 secret briefing by a CIA officer to the Iranian government, warning them that Iraq was making preparations to invade Iran, which they did in September 1980, at a cost of 200,000 Iranian lives. As Dr. Gasiorowski notes, the Iranians ignored the warning. The irony being that the students who seized the US embassy and 53 US hostages on Nov 4, 1979 did so because they thought the CIA was trying to overthrow the new Islamic government. Instead, the CIA was warning Iran of the calamity that was to come. Dr. Gasiorowski’s research is based on extensive interviews with most of the key people involved (on both sides), including the CIA officer who gave the briefing.
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