Gladio (Norway)

Country: Norway
Details of Formation: The Scandinavian Gladio groups were set up from 1951 by William Colby.
Details of Termination: One source suggests that the group was disbanded towards the end of 1990.
Purpose: The stay-behind paramilitary group was intended as a fighting force prepared to counter a possible Warsaw Pact invasion. It was meant to conduct guerilla warfare and sabotage activities.
Organisation: The PGM was coordinated by NATO and run by the military secret services in close cooperation with the CIA and British Secret Intelligence Service.
Weapons and Training: The group trained with the US Green Berets and the British Special Air Services (SAS) and was equipped from underground arms caches.
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Other Information: The network of Gladio groups in Europe may have some semi-official status within the intelligence community. But this status is not recognized, as the groups are kept hidden even from some domestic governments and prime ministers. The groups were ultimately answerable to NATO-CIA rather than to domestic governments in event of an attack by the Warsaw Pact.
References: Information was taken from news sources listed in the PGMD.

Wikipedia. “Operation Gladio.”