US operation Paperclip, which turned the defeated Nazis, into strategic allies and partners in the Cold War and put them back on the horse in a new format, later also begot program Gladio--the program of winning the war "from behind the enemy's lines." As such, Gladio was not just false flag terror attacks.
P2 was sometimes referred to as a "state within a state" or a "shadow government". The lodge had among its members prominent journalists, members of parliament, industrialists, and military leaders—including Silvio Berlusconi, who later became Prime Minister of Italy; the Savoy pretender to the Italian throne Victor Emmanuel; and the heads of all three Italian intelligence services (at the time SISDE, SISMI and CESIS). ... The activities of the P2 lodge were discovered by prosecutors while investigating banker Michele Sindona, the collapse of his bank and his ties to the Mafia. In March 1981, police found a list of alleged members in Gelli's house in Arezzo. It contained 962 names, among which were important state officials, important politicians and a number of military officers, including the heads of the three Italian secret services. Future Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was on the list, although he had not yet entered politics at the time.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda_Due
Gladio networks had operated politically with subversion of the Left. This was reinforced a year later in three ground-breaking documentaries for the BBC by Allan Francovich. Francovich made extensive use of primary sources, focusing almost exclusively on Gladio in Italy and in Belgium, where he looked at the Brabant Massacres and attempted to connect them to the Gladioesque anti-communist group, Westland New Post. His documentary interviews key figures in Gladio such as Licio Gelli, head of the P2, Italian right-wing activist Vincenzo Vinciguerra, Venetian judge and Gladio discoverer Felice Casson, Italian Gladio commander General Gerardo Serravalle, Senator Roger Lallemand, head of the Belgian Parliamentary inquiry into Gladio, Decimo Garau, former Italian instructor at the Sardinian Gladio base, William Colby, former Director of CIA and Martial Lekeu, former member of the Belgian Gendarmerie to name but a few.
"The stay-behind effort, in my view, was simply to be sure that if the worst came to worst, if a Communist Party came into power, that there would be some agents there who would tip us off, and tell us what was happening and be around", Ray Cline, Deputy Director of the CIA from 1962 to 1966, explained for instance in front of Francovich's camera. "It's not unlikely that some right-wing groups were recruited and made to be stay-behinds because they would indeed have tipped us off if a war were going to begin, so using right-wingers, if you used them not politically, but for intelligence purposes, is o.k.", Cline went on the record. The papers on the next day in London reported that "It was one of those programmes which you imagine will bring down governments, but such is the instant amnesia generated by television you find that in the newspapers the next morning it rates barely a mention."
(DG p.50) https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Operation_Gladio
"In Italy, I have been relegated to the sidelines, but Putin has told me he is willing to give me citizenship, and entrust me with running the economy ministry," La Stampa quoted him telling a fellow guest at a dinner party.
"My future? Becoming minister for my friend Putin," the 78-year-old former Italian premier reportedly said.• WikiLeaks 'to highlight Putin and Berlusconi's special relationship'
Berlusconi and the Russian leader are known to be close, with the pair often visiting each other in their respective home countries.
Vladimir Putin, right, is welcomed by Silvio Berlusconi at Fiumicino Airport in Rome
On another occasion, the Russian president paid a late-night visit to Berlusconi’s residence in Milan just a couple of hours before an important breakfast meeting about fighting in Ukraine.
Most recently, in June, the pair shared a relaxing weekend together in the picturesque Altai mountains in Siberia.
February 2003: Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) with Silvio Berlusconi during their informal outdoor dinner at the Zavidovo Putin's residence
"Putin and Berlusconi share an old friendship. They keep in touch, and this is a true camaraderie," Mr Peskov said.
Vladimir Putin invited Silvio Berlusconi to his dacha in Sochi on the coast of the Black Sea in 2005
According to the Moscow Times, their bromance was cemented in the summer of 2002 when Putin's two teenage daughters spent a month at Berlusconi's summer residence in Porto Rotondo. The following year, Putin's entire family visited.
In the years that followed, the pair seemed to show genuine warmth to each other on public occasions. They were photographed giggling during official visits, and in 2009, Berlusconi was accused of snubbing an official visit from King Abdullah of Jordan to celebrate Putin’s birthday. Berlusconi once described the leadership of Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, then Russia's president, as a "gift from God."
Audiotapes purporting to be of Berlusconi's notorious "bunga bunga" parties revealed that a "big bed" in his Rome residence was Putin's.
What explains the bond between the two men? Politically, they share a pro-business, pro-power outlook, but perhaps just as important are their personalities: They're manly men on a continent of gray, dull eurocrats. In diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks, American diplomats in Rome noted that Berlusconi "appears to be increasingly the mouthpiece" of Putin in Europe. There were suspicions that the Italian leader could be "profiting personally and handsomely" from secret deals with Russia.
"Berlusconi is of the same blood as Putin," Lilia Shevtsova, of the Carnegie Center in Moscow, said in 2010. "They're corporate, ruthless, willing to screw principles."
The two men stood up for each other, however. “Berlusconi is being tried for living with women,” Putin said in 2013 at the Valdai Discussion Club in Moscow, according to the Russian news service Interfax. “If he were homosexual, no one would lay a finger on him.”
Even if there's no political relationship in their immediate future, the personal rapport between the pair appears undiminished: As recently as October, the men socialized in Rome until 3 a.m., and Berlusconi made a visit to Russia last month at the invitation of Putin. It's (almost) heart-warming.
During a visit by the US ambassador to Berlusconi, the prime minister's phone rang: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin wanted to speak with Il Cavaliere. The American was quickly ushered out. The Russian was more important. (This archive photo was taken outside St. Petersburg in October 2010.)
Berlusconi is only too happy to attend Putin's parties, once even changing an appointment with King Abdullah II of Jordan to do so. "Berlusconi thus, unavoidably, left the impression that, in choosing private fun over statecraft, he was husbanding his flagging energies for a blow-out party at Putin's private dacha," the US diplomats noted. Since revelations about his earlier excesses have come to light, wild parties in Italy have become too risky for Berlusconi, the Americans speculated.
"The destructive spiral of manipulation, fear and violence did not end with the fall of the Soviet Union and the discovery of the secret armies in 1990, but on the contrary gained momentum."
So what would or does the Putin-Berlusconi Gladio liaison mean for Russia--to what sort of treatment would this expose Russia?