Giovanni De Lorenzo

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Giovanni De Lorenzo

Gen. Giovanni De Lorenzo was head of the Italian SIFAR intelligence agency 1956-1962.[1]


After heading SIFAR, De Lorenzo, became chief of the paramilitary police force, the Carabinieri.[2]

Piano Solo

De Lorenzo plotted an abortive coup attempt, the Piano Solo (Plan Solo) in 1964, prompted when Aldo Moro moved to bring the socialist PSI into his government and apparently called of because of concessions by the Socialists.[2]


De Lorenzo later became a parliamentary deputy, ultimately joining the neo-fascist MSI.[3]

Monday Club

In 1970, De Lorenzo was the principal speaker at a conference organised by the counter-subversion subcommittee of the Monday Club. Others present included Charles Lyon, Sir Robert Thompson and Ian Grieg.[3]

External resources


  1. Daniele Ganser, NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe, Frank Cass, 2005, p.272.
  2. 2.0 2.1 TWENTY-SIX YEARS LATER, DETAILS OF PLANNED RIGHTIST COUP EMERGE, associated Press, 5 January 1991.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robin Ramsay and Stephen Dorril, Smear! Wilson and the Secret State, Fourth Estate Limited, 1991, p.225.