The Cold War Vault History Podcast

EP23: Operation Gladio and the European Stay-behind Networks

EP23: Operation Gladio and the European Stay-behind Networks

What seemed like a necessary and prudent precaution in the face of a Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Europe, became deeply controversial after the fall of the Soviet Union and the revelation of the European stay-behind networks and their ties to NATO and the CIA.

A newspaper clipping showing the weapons and radios pulled from the basement of #3 Parkstraat in Utrecht.

A newspaper clipping showing the weapons and radios pulled from the basement of #3 Parkstraat in Utrecht.

The logo of the Italian “Operation Gladio.”

The logo of the Italian “Operation Gladio.”

NSC Directive 10/2 authorizing the CIA to run hog wild. A link to the complete document is here:  LINK to CREST

NSC Directive 10/2 authorizing the CIA to run hog wild. A link to the complete document is here: LINK to CREST

EP22: Left Behind, the Alaskan StayBehind Agents of WWIII

EP22: Left Behind, the Alaskan StayBehind Agents of WWIII