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October 14, 2009

Benito Mussolini was a British Agent

This is a turn up for the books. Benito Mussolini was a British agent.

Towards the end of WWI he was paid £100 a week (around £20,000 a week in modern money, if we compare earnings) in order to make sure that the nascent peace movement in Italy didn't get very far.

Nothing too vicious: just writing editorials in his paper, hiring thugs to beat up peace demonstrations and the like. In fact, rather good training for the Fascist movement that he started a year or two later.

But, it should be said, he was a Socialist at the time, the British didn't actually fund him when he was running for power.

Historical records reveal that Benito Mussolini, the Italian Dictator during the Second World War, was in fact a paid agent for British Intelligence. Sadly for the conspiracy theorists though, he wasn't a British agent during his time as dictator. That would simply be too much.

During World War One the weakest of the allies was Italy and there were large peace movements. Mussolini at the time was a journalist in Milan and was paid by the British to make sure that demostrations and the campaign for peace did not get out of hand. He was paid £100 a week: a considerable sum at the time, equivalent to some $9,000 a week now (nearly $500,000 a year). That comparison probably understates the value of the money in fact.

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