(Published in TheNew Indian Express dt.17.04.04)

“Your Prime Minister`s wife does not trust you, gets her security fromItalians`

This is what this investigationreveals. Sonia arranges a clandestine meeting between the RAW, Indian spynetwork, and Italian spies. This was when she was just a housewife and Rajivwas just the general secretary of the Congress.

When Sonia was still an Italian andhad not applied yet to become an Indian citizen. Are you surprised? Go further.

Her brother-in-law, that is Sonia’ssister’s husband, Walter Winci, arranges bullet-proofing of Indira Gandhi’s carin a German factory. Are you shocked? Wait. Later the same Winci arranges thetraining of SPG commandos by Italian security personnel who even slap the SPGtrainees. Are you embarrassed? Go further.

When Sonia travels to Francewith Rajiv in 1985, without the knowledge of the Indian security agency, SPG,she gets the security of Rahul and Priyanka arranged by Italian and Spanishofficials. Are you ashamed? It is not over yet. In 1986 when Rahul and Priyankago to Genevaand Italy,Sonia directly gets their security organised through the Italian foreignoffice.

The Swiss police official taunts theIndian RAW officer in Geneva,‘‘Your Prime Minister’s wife does not trust you; she trusts only theItalians.’’ You feel humiliated?

Whether you feel humiliated or not,the RAW official did feel extremely humiliated. Italian officials are the onesshe trusts. Italian embassy is her official embassy. Italian security is hersecurity.

This is the Sonia who now shoutsfrom election platforms day in and day out that she will die for hermotherland. The only issue is which is her that motherland. That she does nottrust India isknown to the whole western world, but not India.Read this humiliating story.

(Theexpose is based on oral testimony of retired officials, including the RAWofficials.)

Thereis no time for side shows. Let us go straight to the heart of the issue. TheIndian spy agency RAW, formed in the year 1968, had established clandestinenetwork with its counterparts in different countries. With the USA, UK, Israel, France, WestGermany and other countries, whichpossessed the capability for exchange of information on terrorism, insurgency, Chinaand similar subjects. RAW did not consider Italian spy agencies as worthy ofsuch association, as they did not have any capability. So Indiadid not bother about them. Rajiv Gandhi entered active politics after Sanjay’sdeath in 1980. He began to participate in the classified briefings of RAW eventhough he held no position in the government. Not just he, he wanted Arun Nehruand Arun Singh too to participate in such briefings. The agency protestedsaying that they had no official position. But Indira Gandhi stepped in, askedthe RAW to allow them to be present. The agency agreed reluctantly, but toldthe Indira that their names would remain unrecorded in the briefing. This waswhen Rajiv was not in the government, was just general secretary of theCongress Party.

Soon,even though he had nothing to do with the Government or the RAW, Rajiv beganinsisting that RAW should liaise with the Italian spy agencies. Why Rajivshould have insisted onItaly?Did he study the importance of Italian assistance to India?Nothing of that sort. The reason is Obvious. Sonia. Rajiv had married her in1968. The RAW felt that it would be waste of time and money. But Rajiv wouldnot relent. The agency finally gave in. So after more than a decade and morethe RAW was forced into accepting liaison with Italian spy agencies whom theyconsidered not worthy of association. Want to know who acted as the go betweenfor RAW with the Italian spy agencies and arranged the first clandestinemeeting between RAW spies and Italian spies. Believe it. Sonia! Obviously shewas in touch with Italian spies. An innocent and devout housewife, unconcernedabout politics and state, was deep in her contact with Italian spy agencies. Thiswas when she was still an Italian national, had not yet accepted the Indiannationality which she reluctantly did much later. Being in the Prime Ministershousehold, she was in touch with the spies in Italy.So even when she was just a housewife and Rajiv was not yet in the government,she was linking the Italian spies to India.An aside. One of the reasons why the RAW would not touch the Italian agenciescould be the presence of Sonia in the PM’s house. If they officialised theliaison with the Italian agencies, their reach would not be limited to the RAW,but may extend to the PM’s house.

Next,when after terrorism broke out in Punjaband the security agencies advised Indira Gandhi to travel in bullet proof car,she wanted the Ambassador car made bullet-proofed. AsIndiadeveloped this capability only much later in 1985, a German company was chosenfor the job. Want to know who brokered the contract with the German company.Walter Winci, the husband of one of Sonia’s sisters, Anushka! The RAW suspectedthat he got a small commission out of it. But the more critical was that asensitive security work was given through Sonia’s brother. Look at the Italianinfluence Sonia had brought in even when Indira was alive.

Itis the same Walter Winci who, two years later, in 1986, insisted and receivedcash payment made by the Indian government. This was for arranging training byItalian security for SPG, which had been established in 1984 for the protectionof the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi. The cash payment was first attemptedthrough the RAW official posted at Geneva.Walter Winci refused to come to Geneva toreceive that cash and wanted the RAW official to send it to Milan inItaly.Winci ‘assured’ the RAW official that that he had ‘good contacts’ in ‘Swiss’ and‘Italian’ customs and he would not be checked. The RAW official would notbudge. The recalcitrant official was finally told to tell Winci that theoperation had been cancelled. But the money was delivered to Winci through theIndian Embassy in Rome.Want to know what for the cash was to be sent. For funding the travelingexpenses of the Italian security officials to come to Indiaand train Indian SPG commandos. This is the payment B.G Deshmukh, who was thenthe cabinet secretary, has mentioned in his latest book. But this trainingended in a fiasco. The Italian trainers treated the SPG trainees rudely, andeven slapped one of them. The RAW brought this to the notice of Rajiv and toldhim such ill-treatment may develop a grudge in the minds of the SPG againstRajiv which might be a security risk. Panicked Rajiv forthwith called off thetraining by Italians arranged by Walter Winci.

AfterRajiv was assassinated Sonia began openly relying on Italian and Westernsecurity for Rahul and Priyanka when they travelled to Europe.When Rajiv went to Paris inthe year 1985 along with Sonia a RAW official proficient in French was asked togo to France toliaise with the French security agencies. At Leon inFrance,the SPG officials panicked as Rahul and Priyanka were missing. But Winci toldthem not to worry. He told them that they were in the safe care of JoseValdemaro, the husband of another sister of Sonia, Nadia. Winci told them thatthe two had been taken to Madrid inSpain,where Valdemaro hails from, by train and the Spanish authorities were takingcare of them. The Indian security officials were stunned that, not they, butthe Spanish and Italian security agencies were aware of the Madridvisit of Rahul and Priyanka. It is not just that Sonia did not want to troublethe Indian security system. It was simply that he did not trust them. You wantmore clear evidence of her distrust of India,here it is.

Inthe year 1986 the RAW official stationed at Genevawas told by Jack Kunzi, the Commissioner of Police at Genevathat the VIP children had returned safely to Italyafter their visit toGeneva.Who were the VIP children? The RAW official had no clue. He knew nothing abouttheir visit. The Swiss police official who was the RAW official’s good friendtold him their names. You have any doubt who they could be? They were Rahul andPriyanka. They had come to Geneva bycar with Walter Winci, said the Swiss official. He also informed the RAWofficial that he was in the picture and the RAW official was not. He said thatthe Italian foreign office was the co-ordinator. It had informed the Swissforeign office, who in turn informed the Swiss police. Jack Kunzi taunted theRAW official who was his friend, ‘your Prime Minister’s wife does not seem totrust you or your embassy. She gets the security for her children co-ordinatedby Italians”. Humiliated, the RAW official makes the usual complaint to hisboss. The boss files the complaint. There ends the story of humiliation of IndiainSwitzerlandand Italy.Remember this kind of information spreads like wildfire in geo-politics throughglobal spy network. That Sonia did not trust the Indian officials, or theIndian embassies, or the Indian security is now a matter of globalgeo-political information. Want to know more on this, read on.

AfterRajiv’s assassination, the RAW official who was in charge of securityarrangements abroad for SPG protectees which included Sonia, Rahul andPriyanka, knew less about her and her children’s travel plans than westernintelligence and security agencies. The Indian agencies knew nothing or verylittle. George, her secretary used to directly communicate to western agenciesthrough Italian Embassy in Delhiand the Italian foreign office in Rome.The upright officer informed the RAW chief before he retired that the westernagencies were better informed of Sonia’s and her children’s travel plans thanthe Indian agencies. He charged that this had created the unfortunateimpression that Sonia did not trust the Indian agencies. The complaint went toNarasimha Rao who was the Prime Minister then. He felt unhappy that George,that is Sonia, was informing the Italian embassy, not the Indian agencies, buthe could do nothing about it. You ask him now. Even now he will not tell thetruth. But the RAW official would.

So she was linked to the Italianspies and was familiar with bringing about spy connections, a highly skilledand scary business, as early as the early 1980s. Yet she pretended, even nowdoes, to be an innocent house wife. She brought in her family into the securitymatters of Indiaeven when Indira was alive. She forced Italian security on Indiaeven when Rajiv Gandhi was alive. She openly distrusted Indian security anddiplomatic system and privately liaised with the Italian diplomatic system forher security. If she did this when Indira was alive; if she went as far whenRajiv was alive; if she did this when she was out of the congress and out ofpower, what will she do when put in power? Or what she will not. Yet shepretends to die forIndia.This is not real Sonia. The whole western world, not exactly the friends of India,knows about her. But not we, in India.We do not know the real Sonia.