Daniele Ganser

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Daniele Ganser
Dr. Daniele Ganser (cropped) JD.jpg
Ganser in 2018
Born (1972-08-29) 29 August 1972 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Basel
OccupationHistorian, author
Known forNATO's Secret Armies
Spouse(s)Bea Schwarz[1]

Daniele Ganser (born August 29, 1972, in Lugano[2]) is a Swiss author. He is best known for his 2005 book NATO's Secret Armies, an adaption of his 2001 dissertation.


His father Gottfried Ganser-Bosshart (1922-2014), whose parents were Germans, was an protestant pastor of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (SEK).[3][4][5][6] His mother was a nurse.[7]

Daniele Ganser was Senior Researcher at the ETH Zurich, Center for Security Studies (CSS).[8] He was president (2006-2012) of the Swiss branch of the "Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas" (ASPO),[9] and taught a course (2012-2017) titled History and Future of Energy Systems at the University of St. Gallen.[2][10]

NATO's Secret Armies[edit]

In 2004, Ganser published NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe. In this book, Ganser states that Gladio units were in close cooperation with NATO and the CIA and that Gladio in Italy was responsible for terrorist attacks against the Italian civilian population.[11] Security analyst John Prados observed that Ganser presented evidence that Gladio networks amounted to anti-democratic elements across many nations.[12]

Beatrice Heuser praised the book while also commenting Ganser's book would have been improved by the author using a less polemical tone and had occasionally conceded problems with the Soviets.[13] Markus Linden said that Ganser fostered anti-Americanism under the label of Peace Research, while he unilaterally presented Russia positively.[14]

Critics charged that the book failed to provide proof or an in-depth explanation of a conspiracy between NATO, the United States, and European countries. Peer Henrik Hansen criticized Ganser for basing his claim on the US Army Field Manual 30-31B which members of the intelligence community claim is a "Cold War era hoax document."[15][16] Philip H.J. Davies concluded that the book is marred by imagined conspiracies, exaggerated notions and misunderstandings of covert activities and operations within and between the countries, and a failure to place their decisions and actions in the appropriate historical context. Davies argued that Ganser did not perform the most basic necessary research to be able to discuss them effectively.[17] Olav Riste of the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies mentions several instances where his own research on the stay-behind network in Norway was twisted by Ganser.[18] Riste and Leopoldo Nuti concluded that the book's "ambitious conclusions do not seem to be entirely corroborated by a sound evaluation of the sources available."[19] Lawrence Kaplan commended Ganser for making "heroic efforts to tease out the many strands that connect this interlocking right-wing conspiracy", but also argued that connecting the dots required a stretch of facts. Kaplan believes that some of Ganser's theories may be correct, but they damage the book's credibility.[20]


Ganser calls into question the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission.[21] Ganser says we would only know because of blurred video images, something flew into the Pentagon, an open, objective and scientific debate on all outstanding issues of 9/11 would be important and calls for a new investigation.[22]


Ganser support scepticism towards the COVID-19 pandemic[23][24] and wants to attract unvaccinated people for a subscription model.[25][26]





  • Reckless Gamble—The Sabotage of the United Nations in the Cuban Conflict and the Missile Crisis of 1962. New Orleans: University Press of the South (Dec. 2000). ISBN 978-1889431727.
  • NATO's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe. London: Routledge (2005). ISBN 978-1135767853.

Book contributions

Foreign languages[edit]


  • "L'OTAN Menace Notre Sécurité," with Hans von Sponeck and Gabriel Galice. Le Temps [Genèva] (Apr. 3, 2017), pp. 6+.


English: "Going it Alone—Switzerland 10 Years After the EWR-Nein."
English: "Europe in the Oil Frenzy: The Consequences of Dangerous Addiction."
English: "Illegal Wars: How the NATO Countries Sabotage the UN. A Chronicle from Cuba to Syria."

Book contributions

English: "Peak Oil: Crude oil in the Field of Tension Between War and Peace." In: "Energy."


  1. ^ a b obituary notice of Ganser's father, 14 March 2014
  2. ^ a b "Lebenslauf › Dr. Daniele Ganser". www.danieleganser.ch (in German). Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. ^ Gottfried Ganser-Bosshart
  4. ^ Gottfried Ganser, obituary, pfarrverein.ch
  5. ^ death note Gottfried Ganser
  6. ^ "gottfried+ganser"+"daniele+ganser"&pg=PT10&printsec=frontcover Imperium USA: Die skrupellose Weltmacht, p. 10
  7. ^ Rico Bandle: Daniele Ganser: Missionar des Misstrauens. Die Weltwoche 21, 24 May 2017, p. 30–32 ; DIGITALSAT
  8. ^ "sciencelife:ETH Life - ETH Zurich's weekly web journal". Archiv.ethlife.ethz.ch. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  9. ^ "ASPO Switzerland – Association for the Study of Peak Oil". Aspo.ch. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  10. ^ "University of St.Gallen | EGI-HSG | Teaching and Executive Education at EGI". Egi.unisg.ch. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  11. ^ Andreas Anton, Michael Schetsche, Michael K. Walter Konspiration p. 175, Springer VS 2014, ISBN 978-3-531-19324-3
  12. ^ John Prados Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA 2006, p. 95, ISBN 978-1-61578-011-2
  13. ^ Beatrice Heuser, "Review of NATO’s Secret Armies," Cold War History, November 2006, 567-568.
  14. ^ L'historien Daniele Ganser ravi des complots, Die Welt, June 8, 2018
  15. ^ Peer Henrik Hansen, "Review of NATO’s Secret Armies," Journal of Intelligence History, Summer 2005. Web Archive - archived website of August 26, 2007
  16. ^ Peer Henrik Hansen, "Falling Flat on the Stay-Behinds," International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, January 2006, 182-186.
  17. ^ Philip HJ Davies, "Review of NATO’s Secret Armies," The Journal of Strategic Studies, December 2005, 1064-1068.
  18. ^ Olav Riste, "Review of NATO’s Secret Armies," Intelligence and National Security, September 2005, 550-551.
  19. ^ Olav Riste and Leopoldo Nuti, "Introduction: Strategy of 'Stay-Behind'," The Journal of Strategic Studies, December 2007, 930.
  20. ^ Lawrence Kaplan, "Review of NATO’s Secret Armies," The International History Review, September 2006, 685-686.
  21. ^ Jakob Lindenmeyer: 9/11: Terror, Lug und Trug. ETH Life, September 27, 2005; Daniele Ganser: Der erbitterte Streit um den 11. September. Tages-Anzeiger, September 9, 2006 (PDF at Siper.ch)
  22. ^ "Historiker Daniele Ganser fordert, 9/11 neu zu untersuchen - 9-11 - dossiers - az Aargauer Zeitung". Aargauerzeitung.ch (in German). 9 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Wie Daniele Ganser der Corona-Skepsis den Boden bereitete". nzz.ch (in German). 29 January 2020. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  24. ^ Anina Ritscher (23 April 2021). "Daniele Ganser: Der Mann, dem die Menschen ihr Misstrauen anvertrauen: Niemand hat die Kraft des Zweifels so geschickt zur persönlichen Erfolgsgesschichte gemacht, wie der Basler Daniele Ganser. Auch die Welle der Corona-Leugner*innen surft er souverän". bajour.ch (in German). Retrieved 13 September 2021.
  25. ^ "Daniele Ganser asks to checkout – and announces unvaccinated people". theswitzerlandtimes.com. 3 December 2021. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  26. ^ Christian Mensch (4 December 2021). "Daniele Ganser bietet Verschwörungstheorien im Jahresabo – und wirbt für Ungeimpfte". watson.ch (in German). Retrieved 6 December 2021.

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