Iranian authorities released a series of documents today designed to prove that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency really ran the deposed shah's dreaded secret police organization, SAVAK. Instead, the documents appear to show that SAVAK spent a great deal of time spying on the CIA, including bugging the station chief's telephone.
One purported six-year-old memo from SAVAK's files told the organization's general director of the conversation heard while "controlling the telephone of [CIA station chief] Arthur Callaghan's home."
Another SAVAK report told how Callaghan became disgusted with the way American officials were treating the CIA. "As a result," the alleged SAVAK memo quoted Callaghan as saying, "I have lost interest in working in this organization and have resigned."
Western correspondents resident in Tehran at the time knew Callaghan to be the CIA station chief.
Another memo discussed an Iranian who worked in security at the U.S. Embassy here, but who was not happy with his job. He was described as being trusted by the CIA, and SAVAK said it was working to win him over to get information about the people in whom Americans were interested in Iran.
When Callaghan left Iran, SAVAK placed a long report in his file including a purported list of his Iranian contacts and friends. Among the people named on the list were two listed as British intelligence officers -- Desmond Harney, who worked as manager of the Morgan Grenfell Bank, and Berkley Millen, who was listed as the chief of British intelligence in Iran.