Documents Show Mussolini Got His Start With MI5

October 14, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A British historian has found documents detailing the work of Benito Mussolini, who apparently worked for MI5 during his time as a journalist.

The then 34-year-old Mussolini was a far cry from the dictator we would become, where he would then become one of the founding leaders of the Axis of Evil during WWII.

Instead, he was a journalist working in Italy, who was more than happy to spread propaganda about the positive influence of the Allies during WWI.

According to the documents, found by Peter Martland of Cambridge, Mussolini received a weekly paycheck from then MP Sir Samuel Hoare, prior to his days as Lord Templewood.

Hoare had a staff of 100 secret intelligence agents living in Italy at the time. Mussolini was one of them, paid to ‘persuade’ peace protesters to stay away from factories funding the war effort.

“Britain’s least reliable ally in the war at the time was Italy after revolutionary Russia’s pullout from the conflict,” Martland was quoted by The Guardian.

“Mussolini was paid £100 a week from the autumn of 1917 for at least a year to keep up the pro-war campaigning – equivalent to about £6,000 a week today.”



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