Giulio Andreotti

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Person.png Giulio Andreotti   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Giulio Andreotti.jpg
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died2013-05-06 (Age 94)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Alma materSapienza University of Rome
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Children • Lamberto
• Marilena
• Stefano
• Serena
SpouseLivia Danese
Member ofKnights of Malta, Le Cercle, Opus Dei, Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
PartyChristian Democracy, PPI, ED, Independent, UDC
"The ultimate insider of Italian political life", who as Italian Prime Minister publicly confirmed the existence of Operation Gladio

Employment.png Prime Minister of Italy

In office
22 July 1989 - 28 June 1992
Preceded byCiriaco De Mita

Employment.png Prime Minister of Italy

In office
29 July 1976 - 4 August 1979
Preceded byAldo Moro
Succeeded byFrancesco Cossiga

Employment.png Prime Minister of Italy

In office
17 February 1972 - 7 July 1973

Employment.png Italian Minister of State Participation

In office
26 December 1990 - 28 June 1992

Employment.png Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
4 August 1983 - 22 July 1989

Employment.png Italian Minister of the Interior

In office
11 May 1978 - 13 June 1978

Employment.png Italian Minister of the Interior

In office
18 January 1954 - 8 February 1954

Employment.png Italian Minister of the Budget and Planning

In office
23 November 1974 - 29 July 1976

Employment.png Italian Minister of Defence

In office
14 March 1974 - 23 November 1974

Employment.png Italian Minister of Defence

In office
15 February 1959 - 23 February 1966

Employment.png Italian Minister of the Treasury

In office
1 July 1958 - 15 February 1959

Employment.png Italian Minister of Finance

In office
6 July 1955 - 1 July 1958

Employment.png Italian Minister of Planning and the Budget

In office
23 November 1974 - 29 July 1976

Giulio Andreotti was an Italian politician who has been termed the "ultimate insider of Italian political life".[1] As Prime Minister of Italy, he publicly admitted the existence of Operation Gladio, years after similar revelations from Vincenzo Vinciguerra.[2]


The Economist commented in his obituary about "the other bells, the funeral bells, which rang out rather too often around him and his circle. One of the victims was Giorgio Ambrosoli, a liquidator murdered for his conscientious investigation of the affairs of a Mafia banker, Michele Sindona, whom Mr Andreotti once called the saviour of the lira."

Kidnapping of Aldo Moro

Full article: Kidnapping of Aldo Moro

During the kidnapping of Aldo Moro, Andreotti refused any negotiation with his captors. Moro, during his imprisonment, wrote a statement expressing very harsh judgements against Andreotti.[3]

Murder allegations

On April 6, 1993, Mafia turncoat Tommaso Buscetta told Palermo prosecutors that he had learned from his boss Gaetano Badalamenti that Carmine Pecorelli's murder had been carried out in the interest of Andreotti. The Salvo cousins, two powerful Sicilian politicians with deep ties to local Mafia families, were also involved in the murder. Buscetta testified that Gaetano Badalamenti told him that the murder had been commissioned by the Salvo cousins, as a favor to Andreotti. Andreotti allegedly was afraid that Pecorelli was about to publish information that could have destroyed his political career. Among the information was the complete memorial of Aldo Moro, which would be published only in 1990 and which Pecorelli had shown to general Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa before his death.[4] Dalla Chiesa was also assassinated by Mafia in September 1982.

In 1999, a Perugia court acquitted Andreotti, his right-hand man Claudio Vitalone (a former Foreign Trade Minister), Badalamenti and Giuseppe Calò, as well as the alleged killers Massimo Carminati, one of the founder of the NAR, and Michelangelo La Barbera from the charges brought against them.

On November 17, 2002, on appeal, Andreotti and Badalamenti were sentenced to 24 years for Pecorelli's murder. The sentence, however, was thrown out by the Supreme Court of Cassation on October 30, 2003.

Deep political connections

Andreotti attended Le Cercle.


Events Participated in

Le Cercle/1970 (Washington)2 December 19702 December 1970US
Washington DC
Rockefeller family mansion
Exact dates uncertain
Le Cercle/1980 (Washington)5 December 19807 December 1980US
Washington DC
Madison Hotel
Detailed in a telegram to the South African Embassy in Madrid that was posted to the internet in 2017.
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