Hitler's spy chief for the eastern front created a network of agents inside Russia and the Eastern Block during WWII. According to Victor Marchetti, former CIA chief of Soviet strategic war plans and capabilities, "The Gehlen Organization was the one group that did have networks inside Eastern Europe, and that is why we hired them.""Hiring Gehlen was the biggest mistake the U.S ever made. Our allies said,"You are putting Nazi's at the senior levels of your intelligence, and they were right." The Gehlen organization was the primary source of intelligence that claimed that,"The Societs were about to attack West Germany...that was the biggest bunch of balony then and it is still a bunch of balony today.""Gehlen had to make his money by creating a threat that we were afraid of, so we would give him more money to tell us about it.""In my opinion, the Gehlen Organization provided nothing worthwhile for understanding and estimating Soviet military or political capabilities in Eastern Europe or anywhere else." The Gehlen organization had been penetrated by Soviet intelligence and many of the U.S Nazi assets were now double agents, taking CIA wages and turning around and selling information to the enemy. Gehlen had a major sponsor in CIA director Allen Dulles who facilitated the Paperclip "rat lines" that brought former Nazi's into the country. Gehlen wrote out the
equivalent of the daily presidential briefing for Dulles who often placed it directly before Truman with few changes. The tenor of the Cold War owes much of this very influential source of information. Gehlen was instrumental in the early formation of the CIA, and did not retire until 1969. Gehlen set up and ran the West German CIA (BND) that used his contacts in secret Nazi organizations like the Thule and The Spider to sell arms to third world hot spots. Otto Skorzeny (Scarface) was a hero of the fatherland and an agent of Gehlen's who set up arms smuggling operations as well as murder incorporated type operations. Skorzeny helped found the Merex Company to peddle arms and had close ties to Virginia-based Interarms Company run by the CIA. U.S special forces were formed and trained by Skorzeny ti emulate the Nazi special forces known as werewolves. When the OSS was disbanded and the CIA formed, it was married to the Eastern Block network of Nazi sympathizers run by Gehlen, in effect the CIA at that point was the Gehlen organization.