Clandestine Planning Committee

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Group.png Clandestine Planning Committee
(Deep state milieu?)Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Parent organizationNATO
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Type• secret
• criminal
• international
Together with the Allied Clandestine Committee, coordinates the Operation Gladio 'stay behind' groups.

NATO's Clandestine Planning Committee coordinates (or coordinated) Operation Gladio. Its relationship to the Allied Clandestine Committee is unclear. If it ever was on any national government's record, it seems to have moved off them and can be considered a deep state group.


Gladio was originally coordinated by the Clandestine Committee of the Western Union (CCWU), founded in 1948. After the creation of NATO in 1949, the CCWU was integrated into the “Clandestine Planning Committee” (CPC), founded in 1951 and possibly overseen by the SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe).


In the late 1990s, Swiss historian Daniele Ganser submitted a request to NATO Archives for any material relating to the CPC and they denied having any relevant material.[1]

Exposure and Independence

The committee is mentioned and outlined in Allan Francovich's 1992 film on Operation Gladio.[2] While the groups' physical headquarters are in SHAPE,[1] That film stated that far from being overseen by NATO, "The entire organisation is handled outside of NATO." Instead, it stated that the CPC meets periodically and chairmanship is handed from one member country's intelligence agency to the next. This would seem a better fit with the claimed ignorance of national and NATO leaders.

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