The 15 Most Disturbing CIA Projects

15. The Gehlen Organization

Before the Second World War, the United States used communists to fight the fascists. After the Second World War, the CIA used fascists to fight the communists. This shift of interest led to astonishing examples of cooperation. One early odd bedfellow was the Gehlen Organization. The Gehlen Organization derived from a Nazi intelligence office set up to keep an eye on Russia on Germany’s eastern front. The head of this Eastern Front Intelligence Office, General Reinhard Gehlen, foresaw Hitler’s defeat and stored secret documents that he could turn over to the Allies to gain amnesty once the Axis fell. This plot proved successful, and the Gehlen Organization was recruited by the CIA in 1949 to spy on the Soviet Union. By 1956, the Gehlen Organization had developed into West Germany’s foreign intelligence service. Among the Gehlen Organization were known members of the SS. 14. LCPROWL
15. The Gehlen Organization