Day X plot
|Day X plot|
Soldiers of the elite KSK (pictured) were reportedly involved in the planning for Day X.
|Type||Ambush and assassination|
|Planned by||Unknown Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) soldiers|
|Target||Dietmar Bartsch and others|
|Date||Day X, an unspecified operational date|
The Day X plot refers to an alleged, planned mutiny by soldiers of the Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command) of Germany's Bundeswehr in 2017. According to media reports, the objective of the operation was the assassination of Die Linke party leader Dietmar Bartsch and other left-leaning politicians. Information about the plot came to law enforcement attention in 2017 during investigation of a different alleged conspiracy by German military officers to assassinate the President of Germany. It was first publicly reported in November 2018.
In April 2017, German prosecutors charged a 28-year-old German Army soldier and two others with plotting a wave of violent attacks against left-leaning German politicians that would be framed on asylum seekers. "Franco A.", a lieutenant, had allegedly planned to target President of Germany Joachim Gauck, Heiko Maas, Claudia Roth, and unnamed "human rights activists and journalists". He was purportedly aided by another soldier, named only as "Maxilimilian T." and a university student named as "Mathias F." According to authorities, a search of "Franco A."s quarters also revealed his possession of Wehrmacht memorabilia and, it was also learned, his master's degree thesis advanced what was described as völkisch arguments and theories.
In November of that year, the Federal Court of Justice ordered "Franco A." released, ruling that "the results so far of the investigation do not substantiate the strong suspicion that a serious act threatening the state was in preparation".
In September 2017, prior to "Franco A."'s release, Federal Criminal Police officers searched the barracks of the German Army's elite Special Forces Command (KSK) in Calw. The search occurred after information obtained in the investigation of "Franco A." indicated that "Franco A." might have had contact with KSK commandos. Police were unable to find evidence of subversive activity during the search but suspected the KSK soldiers had been tipped off before their arrival.
On 9 November 2018, Focus first publicly reported on the investigation. According to it, the inquiry had uncovered a potential conspiracy within the KSK designed to murder Dietmar Bartsch and other unnamed politicians on an operational date designated Day X. Day X was intended to coincide with the collapse of the German Government, an event the alleged conspirators felt was imminent and inevitable due to communal tension related to the country's growing refugee population.
In addition to the Federal Criminal Police, Deutschlandfunk has reported that the German domestic security agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, is also investigating the matter.
According to authorities, the earlier alleged tip-off to potential KSK conspirators had been made by a lieutenant colonel in MAD who alerted the soldiers about the raid on their barracks in advance of it occurring. Police apparently learned of this due to an informant, "André S.", placed within the KSK. The MAD double agent, named in charging documents as "Peter W.", was subsequently indicted in a Cologne Amtsgericht on unspecified charges related to his alleged interference.
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