Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Anti-American Art: Paper Trail
This 1985 stamp from the Islamic Republic of Iran marks the anniversary of the "Takeover of U.S. Den of Espionage," the occupation of the US Embassy in Tehran shortly after the victory of the Islamic Revolution. It shows the US embassy crest shattered to reveal the mark of the CIA; the background filled with facsimiles of intelligence documents stamped "TOP SECRET." The captured documents turned out to be a treasure trove of classified information, revealing among other things a detailed report on US espionage inside Israel and a report of the deposed Shah's contacts with Israel about acquiring nuclear weapons. An earlier stamp with a similar theme was featured on The Cahokian back in April.