The #PiazzaFontanaBombing was a #terroristattack that occurred on December 12, 1969 at 16:37, when a bomb exploded at the headquarters of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura (#NationalAgrarianBank) in #PiazzaFontana in #Milan killing 17 people and wounding 88. The same afternoon, three more bombs were detonated in Rome and Milan, and another was found undetonated.
In 1998, Milan judge Guido Salvini indicted #USNavy officer David Carrett on charges of #political and #military #espionage for his participation in the Piazza Fontana bombing et al. Salvini also opened up a case against Sergio Minetto, an Italian official of the #USNATO intelligence network, and "collaboratore di giustizia" Carlo Digilio (Uncle Otto), who served as #CIA coordinator in Northeastern #Italy in the sixties and seventies. The newspaper #laRepubblica reported that #CarloRocchi, CIA's man in Milan was discovered in 1995 searching for information concerning Operation Gladio. A 2000 parliamentary report published by the center-left Olive Tree coalition claimed that "U.S. intelligence agents were informed in advance about several right-wing terrorist bombings, including the December 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan and the Piazza della Loggia bombing in Brescia five years later, but did nothing to alert the Italian authorities or to prevent the attacks from taking place." It also alleged that Pino Rauti (current leader of the MSI Fiamma-Tricolore party), a journalist and founder of the far-right Ordine Nuovo (New Order) subversive organization, received regular funding from a press officer at the U.S. embassy in Rome. "So even before the 'stabilising' plans that Atlantic circles had prepared for Italy became operational through the bombings, one of the leading members of the subversive right was literally in the pay of the #Americanembassy in Rome", the report says. Paolo Emilio Taviani, the #ChristianDemocrat co-founder of Gladio (NATO's stay-behind #antiCommunist organization in Italy), told investigators that the SID #military intelligence service was about to send a senior officer from Rome to Milan to prevent the bombing,