Laura Di Fabio

The «Club de Berne» and the Interchange of Knowledge Between the Intelligence Services

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Keywords: Club of Berna; Security Services; Counter-Terrorism Cooperation; Ufficio Affari Riservati; Munich Olympic Games 1972.

This contribution examines some of the topics which came up during the meetings of the «Club de Berne» between different European security services during the last part of the 1960s and '70s. The transnational intelligence formation and collaboration are part of a gradual process, which began during the post-war time in some border regions, continuing for the entire Cold War. The essay explores the Secret Services' debates regarding the threat of communism in Europe and the expectations of the intelligence services in view of the Olympic Games of Munich in 1972 and, after the attack, the consequences in the context of European counterterrorism cooperation. The last section of the article presents the interchange of knowledges concerning the secret fight against political terrorism, thanks to regular updates. The available unprecedented documentation shows us the political, confidential and still mysterious dialectic of the cooperation between the different Intelligence Services in Europe at the end of the 1960s and the critical beginning of the 70s.

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