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    Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    Benito Mussolini may be among history's most notorious fascist dictators, but evidence suggests he worked for British secret services during World War I.

    Historian Dr Peter Martland says MI5 records show it paid "Il Duce" 100 per week, about 5,000 today,to spread pro-war propaganda via his newspaper.

    The Cambridge University academic made the discovery while studying the papers of former agent Sir Samuel Hoare MP.

    However, Dr Martland believes Mussolini probably spent the cash on womanising.

    "Mussolini was the ace womaniser and of course, he's spent most of it on his women," he suggests.

    Dr Martland said the payments were agreed in 1917, after Russia collapsed into the Bolshevik revolution and Italy was "smashed" at the Battle of Caporetto.
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    Fearing the war would be lost, Britain sent a team of 100 intelligence officers to Italy to "stiffen the backbone" of its industrial working classes, he said.

    "These poor people are suffering in exactly the same way as the British working classes are; hyperinflation, food shortages and a press that is not necessarily pro-war," he said.

    Mussolini's socialist publication, Il Popolo d'Italia, carried a key voice because it served the factory workers of Milan whose output was essential for the war effort, Dr Martland said.
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    Re: Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    "May be" also means "may not be".
    "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

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    Re: Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    "May be" also means "may not be".
    I know
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    Re: Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    I know
    Well I'M JUST CLARIFYING.
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    Re: Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Well I'M JUST CLARIFYING.
    Are you talking about the threads title? Read the rules for this forum. Its the title of this article.
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    Re: Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    Are you talking about the threads title? Read the rules for this forum. Its the title of this article.
    Then the rule should be changed, as newspapers' titles tend to deceive.
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    Re: Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Then the rule should be changed, as newspapers' titles tend to deceive.
    So do people.
    The rules are OK i guess. meh.
    Last edited by kaya'08; 10-14-09 at 12:59 PM.
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    Re: Mussolini worked for MI5 agents

    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    I know
    ask the lamppost

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