WASHINGTON — The mysterious cake that former White House national security adviser Robert C. McFarlane reportedly carried on a secret mission to Iran may not have been shaped like a key after all.
The Speaker of Iran's Parliament, Hashemi Rafsanjani, said in a speech last week that McFarlane landed in Tehran in May carrying a cake, a Bible autographed by President Reagan and a brace of pistols as gifts for Iranian officials.
Initial reports of the speech quoted Rafsanjani as saying that the cake was in the shape of a key. But a later translation of the speech by the U.S. government's Foreign Broadcast Information Service quotes Rafsanjani describing the cake "as a key to establishing relations" between the United States and Iran--not as being shaped like a key.
Rafsanjani added that offering a cake as an official gift "is something we have not heard of before."
He said the security guards keeping watch over McFarlane "were extremely hungry. . . . (They) took the cake and ate it."