Le Cercle/1978 (Tehran)
|Date||3 September 1978|
|Participants||Brian Crozier, Iain Elliott, Antoine Pinay, Robert Thompson, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi|
"In August 1978, the Shah reversed his previous decision and invited the Cercle to Teheran; although Violet was prevented from travelling due to ill-health, Crozier, Elliott, Thompson and a team of advisors flew to Teheran on 3rd September. The Cercle team stopped off in France to pick up Antoine Pinay, whose long acquaintance with the Shah would add authority to the Cercle's proposals. The Cercle team met the Shah for two and a half hours, but were struck by his apathy. They then went on to discuss the situation with two top SAVAK officials, General Motazed and the head of the research department, Kaveh. The Cercle and SAVAK officials discussed a plan to distribute leaflets to split the tacit alliance between the Shiite fundamentalists and the Communist Tudeh party."
|Brian Crozier||Arch espionage insider who founded his own intelligence agency|
|Mohammad Reza Pahlavi|
|Antoine Pinay||A French deep politician, eponymous head of the Pinay Cercle|
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