What skullduggery the chaps got up to back in the day. Bracing stuff. With hilarious consequences. OK, not-so-hilarious consequences.
For the British intelligence agency, it must have seemed like a good investment. Mussolini, then a 34-year-old journalist, was not just willing to ensure Italy continued to fight alongside the allies in the first world war by publishing propaganda in his paper. He was also willing to send in the boys to “persuade” peace protesters to stay at home.
How times change, what? Thank heavens that these days there’s no need to pay journalists extra to publish war propaganda, because that’s usually their job anyway.