JSBfAY MOW WHI
FROM : chief of Station,oeiiM.iOperations
and Ammunition for Essence
1. Essence asked Razmara if he could obtainalibre pistolsounds of ammunition for each gun.
2* ecent meeting between Razmara and Essence the latter stated that he fully expects that any military action to unseat the present regime would possibly provoko considerable bloodshed between thebontending forces. He also observed that his actions against the government might force him into hiding in order to avoid arrest and subsequent torture.
3. In either event Essence may possibly be faced with great personal danger, and in anticipation of such an eventuality he isafe haven for hijnseLf and close associates, hence the request for guns and ammunition. Razmara feelshisenuine request for weapons for the stated purpose (self protection) and not for unauthorised or undisclosed black action being contemplated by Essence. He therefore recoavnds that it be approved.
h. In principle we are very reluctant to issue weapons since Dcoplo oftenfoolhardy and impetuousun in their possession. However, the maintaining of Essence moraleigh key is of great importance, and wo are forwarding this request to you for consideration with the thought in mindefusal may cause him to think that ne are only interested in his "use" and not in his personal safety. If it is decided to forward the guns and aaanunition, we plan io retain themafe place under station control but arranged inanner that they may be used quickly in an emergency situation of the type anticipated by Essence. Our current beliof is that wo should cache those and therefore it is requested that any weapons sent be weather packed for thoir protection.
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