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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Their Man in Tehran

Friends helping friends:

Mr. Taylor, ambassador in Iran from 1977 to 1980, became “the de facto CIA station chief” in Tehran after the U.S. embassy was seized by students on Nov. 4, 1979, and 63 Americans, including the four-member Central Intelligence Agency contingent, were taken hostage.

Had his espionage been discovered, Mr. Taylor told The Globe and Mail in an interview this week, “the Iranians wouldn't have tolerated it. And the consequences may have been severe.”

His intelligence-gathering activities were kept secret by agreement between the Canadian and the U.S. governments, although his role in sheltering six Americans and helping to spirit them out of Iran was later made public, winning him and the Canadian government widespread U.S. gratitude.


What precisely Mr. Taylor was doing needs careful definition. In reality, he was managing a Canadian, not a U.S., intelligence station, which the Americans – because they had no network of their own after their embassy was seized – wanted to join.

My estimation of Ambassador Taylor, pretty high already, has just gone up. 

Posted by Richard Anderson on January 26, 2010 | Permalink


Of course he was a spy for our overlords. Thats what gutless nations do, live in the shadow of oppressors

Posted by: No kidding | 2010-01-26 2:00:14 PM


Posted by: Naive | 2010-01-26 2:02:59 PM


Noam Chomsky; MP3 Podcast

If you all learned how to look past the end of your noses , this jackass being a spy would not surprize any of you.

Posted by: Chomsky on the real history of Haiti | 2010-01-26 2:06:45 PM

When will you people dispose of this Trudeauist fantasy about your history - Canada has been a dogged if quiet supporter of American foreign relations in the Cold War period and afterwards. You suckers fell for a massive scam. Shame on you.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-01-26 3:20:52 PM

The poor souls afflicted with a severe case of anti-Americanism need to learn grammar and how to spell.

Posted by: Alain | 2010-01-27 11:31:14 AM

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