The Black Vault

Background

To explain the history, Wikipedia explains this era of events as the following:

“General elections were held in Italy on Sunday 18 April 1948 to elect the First Republican Parliament. They were heavily influenced by the Cold War confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States, and are now best known for the covert political warfare waged by the US State Department and Central Intelligence Agency on behalf of the Christian Democratic Party (DC). 

After the communist coup in Czechoslovakia in February 1948, the US became alarmed about Soviet intentions and feared that, if the leftist coalition were to win the elections, the communist Left would draw Italy into the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence. As the last month of the election campaign began, the magazine Time pronounced the possible leftist victory to be “the brink of catastrophe”.

The elections were eventually won with a comfortable margin by the Christian Democracy party that defeated the left-wing coalition of the Popular Democratic Front that comprised the Italian Communist Party and the Italian Socialist Party. 

The Christian Democrats went on to form a government without the Communists, who had been in government from June 1944, when the first post-war government was formed, until May 1947.”

Below you will find documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding this.

Document Archive

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Documents

 CIA Intervention in the 1948 Italian General Election [30 Pages, 3.2MB]

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