Federico Umberto D’Amato

Federico Umberto d’Amato (1919 – 1 July 1996 [1] ) was an Italian secret agent, who led the Office of the Ministry of Interior (Italy) from the 1950s until the 1970s, when the activity of the intelligence service was undercover and


D’Amato was born in Marseille , and during World War II worked for the US Office of Strategic Services . After the end of the conflict, the North Atlantic Treaty Special Office, a link between NATO and the United States . [1]

At the end of World War II US intelligence recruited large numbers of officials from the Republic of Italy and from the Italian Special Forces, Decima MAS, with the help of D’Amato to operate in the newly established Italian state. This recruitment program includes prominent figures such as Prince Valerio Borghese , Pino Rauti and Licio Gelli , who are believed to have played a major role in the terrorist attacks in Cold War Italy. [2] D’Amato’s later contact with the CIA was James Jesus Angleton . He entered the Office of the Minister of the Interior in 1957. [1]In 1974, two days after the Piazza della Loggia bombing , he was removed from the position and assigned to the boundary police, although he kept a strong influence on the office until the 1980s. [1] For his activity as the office director (1969-1974) he has been accused of numerous investigations into the massacres occurred in that period. [3]

D’Amato was a member of Propaganda 2 (P2), a Masonic secret lodge involved in numerous political and economic scandals in the 1970s. An expert of gastronomy, he held a column in the weekly Espresso , under the pseudonym of Federico Godio. [4]

See also

  • Propaganda Due
  • Kidnapping of Aldo Moro
  • Strategy of tension


  1. ^ Jump up to:d Carlo Lucarelli, Piazza Fontana , Turin, Einaudi, 2007. p. 100 ISBN  978-88-06-18524-4
  2. Jump up^ Tundander Ola, Democratic State vs. Deep State: Approaching the Dual State of the West (Oslo Peace Research Institute, 2008)
  3. Jump up^ Marcello Veneziani, Controinformazione
  4. Jump up^ Stella, Gian Antonio (4 April 1997). “D ‘Amato, lo’ sbirro great gourmet ‘che tirava the fila dell’ esercito di infiltrati” . He Corriere della Sera .

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