April 11, 1954 — The Associated Press
In this paragon of hard-hitting American journalism, the Associated Press exposed a shocking detail from Mossadegh’s treason trial in April 1954.
The New York Times headlined it Mossadegh Is Called Secret Cookie Nibbler, while The Walla Walla Union Bulletin titled it Former Iran Premier Called Cookie Nibbler. The nibbler charge was too heavy to resist for one Virginia newspaper, who reacted with a brave editorial, A Cookie Nibbler Cannot Be A Hero.
In October 1961, the ‘cookie nibbler’ yarn would resurface in an article in The New York Times Magazine called The Fine Art of Fasting. A historical review of hunger strikes through the ages by Grace H. Gluek, Mossadegh was cited as an example of those who had been caught ‘cheating’ during their fasts:
Some professed abstainers, however, have actually been caught sneaking food, as was the case with ex-Premier Mohammed Mossadegh of Iran who, imprisoned for rebellion against the Shah in 1953, staged a number of hunger strikes to attract more newspaper attention to his case. Jail officials, claiming he fasted only between meals, denounced him as “a secret cookie nibbler” who also took chocolate and vitamin pills in the dead of night.
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