Mussolini And MI5: Documents Reveal Italy's Fascist Dictator Was Once British Agent

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Tom Kington The Guardian

Archived documents have revealed that Mussolini got his start in politics in 1917 with the help of a £100 weekly wage from MI5.

For the British intelligence agency, it must have seemed like a good investment. Mussolini, then a 34-year-old journalist, was not just willing to ensure Italy continued to fight alongside the allies in the first world war by publishing propaganda in his paper. He was also willing to send in the boys to "persuade'' peace protesters to stay at home.

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