Secret Spanish Government Report Mentions CIA’s Alliance With ETA in Assassination Plot

Terrorism experts have obtained Spanish government documents indicating how the CIA supplied sophisticated explosives to ETA terrorists during the assassination of Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco in 1973. Police and military information sources have stated that "Kissinger himself gave the green light."

A Special Report
By Mario Andrade

More than 30 years after the horrific assassination of Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco in Spain, n
o one had known the exact details about the attack. Government officials had only speculated that ETA was behind the bombing that took his life. However, new revelations point out that ETA terrorists, assisted by the CIA carried out the sophisticated bombing that ended the life of Francisco Franco’s handpicked successor to power in 1973.

A few hours after the bombing, the initial police reports indicated that the assassins had dug a tunnel under the street where the admiral used to drive to and from church. The explosives were detonated by remote control as his car was driving over the tunnel. The admiral was on his way home from attending church services. Suddenly, a massive explosion hurled his vehicle more than 100 feet and landed on the second floor terrace of one the church buildings. No one had admitted carrying out the attack at that time. Police said the killers triggered the bomb from a nearby basement in what appeared to be a very sophisticated assassination.

But according to Journalists Enrique Montánchez and Pedro Canales, their newspaper “La Razón” has obtained secret government documents that tell the rest of the story. “Previously, many different theories and versions of the story didn’t fully explain the murder of Admiral Carrero,” they say in one of their recent articles. Finally, 30 years after the sophisticated assassination, they have had access to secret government documents prepared and drafted during Franco’s regime. These memos and reports point out to the CIA’s involvement in assisting ETA in Carrero's assassination plot in order to put an end to what was considered at that time, a continuity of Franco’s government with Carrero in power. One of the documents stated that the Americans brought several mines from Fort Bliss, which they would later be issued to Basque separatists.

The information comes from a government report submitted to District Attorney Fernando Herrero Tejedor, in which the details of the CIA’s involvement in the terrorist act were mentioned, as well as an alleged American military participation. However, District Attorney Herrero died under mysterious circumstances a year and half later in a strange traffic accident, in which a large truck hit his car on a highway between Madrid and La Coruña.

The government report mentioned the arrival of a shipment from Fort Bliss, containing 10 anti-tank mines, delivered to the American Military Base of Torrejón, in Madrid. At the time, these alleged mines were extremely sophisticated. Although they were capable of being detonated by remote control, they were wireless, unlike conventional explosives requiring cables connected to a detonator. The report speculated that the mines would potentially be used for political assassinations, including a possible attempt to kill Franco himself. But the intelligence analysts at the time never expected they would’ve been used against Carrero, according to the report.

After the Admiral's murder, Franco’s secret service came to an official conclusion that at least one or two of the anti-tank mines were placed in the tunnel the night before the bombing. The entrance of the tunnel was located at 104 Claudio Coello Street in Madrid, near the San Francisco de Borga Church, where Carrero Blanco had just been attending mass. According to the report, CIA operatives had been following the ETA terrorists, and it wasn’t difficult for them to place the mines next to the conventional explosives left by ETA inside the tunnel.

But not all of Franco’s intelligence services believed in what was mentioned in the report. Some believed the information was fabricated by French Counterintelligence in order to drive a political wedge between the Franco Regime and the United States. Therefore, France would destabilize the “government transition project” proposed by Richard Nixon and accepted by Franco himself.

In October of 1970, President Richard Nixon visited Spain and spoke with Franco about finding a successor and form a new government in what was known as “the Burgos talks,” named after the town of Burgos. But surprisingly, two months later, there was a trial in Burgos involving six alleged ETA terrorists that ended by sentencing them to death. The trial created tensions between the government and the Basque separatists. Nevertheless, Franco commuted their death sentences. But interestingly enough, a few days before Carrero’s murder in 1973, then secretary of State Henry Kissinger made a visit to Madrid, where he supposedly met with Spanish government officials. According to Franco’s intelligence service and police reports, it was during that time when Kissinger “gave the green light” for the bombing to go forward. Apparently, the Admiral was too much of a nationalist and a hard-liner, and he had to be taken out in order to prevent what would’ve been considered “a continuity of Franco’s government”. Prior to his assassination Carrero Blanco became premier in June of 1973, shortly after Franco stepped out of his duties of chief of state and head of government. Carrero was known for his influence and contacts with monarchist groups, his appointment was generally regarded as a step toward Franco's planned restoration of the monarchy under Juan Carlos.

According to Journalists Enrique Montánchez and Pedro Canales, ETA itself doesn’t provide many details about the mysterious bombing. They always mention that the organization itself was under the control of a ‘deep throat,’ a third man whose identity was never known to them. They were compartmentalized. They say that the mystery man could have been working for both sides, since he provided ETA with the exact details about Carrero’s daily schedules and itineraries, which were crucial in the planning of his assassination.

Note: Enrique Montánchez and Pedro Canales are the authors of the book En el nombre de Alá (In the Name of Allah). They are special correspondents for the Spanish Newspaper ‘La Razón.’ They are among Spain’s leading and most respected terrorism and military analysts.

Mario Andrade is a highly decorated Gulf War veteran, linguist, and a mine warfare specialist. He has participated in hundreds of mine warfare and mine countermeasures operations throughout the world.