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#21 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 0219 AM

Thanks very much for that Hans.


There is a lot here I didnt know, for example the idea that it had a counter subversion role was entirely new to me. I guess that pretty much came to pass in Italy as we saw.


As its Berlin Wall day, its worth flagging up this podcast on Cold War Conversations about Checkpoint Charlie. The bit about the Commander British Forces Berlin giving protection to the Soviets soldiers is strangely moving.


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#22 HBoersma



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 1640 PM

I did not pick up on the counter-subversion rol; was that in the podcast?


There was no counter-subversive role for O&I (as far as we know, one should always add in matters like these), but it seems unlikely given what is now known. But in Italy and Belgium, and to some extent in West Germany I believe, there were and are suspicions that their SBO's were linked to far-right terrorism (taking "anti-subversive" to a whole new level). This is how Gladio, being the first SBO to be uncloaked, gave the whole of the SBO concept a bad name — and in some cases rightly so, it seems.

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