Former Commissioner José Villarejo made a massive violation of private communications using the means and public funds of the National Police to abort the landing of Sacyr in BBVA and ensure the permanence of Francisco Gonzalez at the head of the entity. The summary of the ‘Tandem operation’ related to the bank reveals that between 2004 and 2005 the CNP ex-man arrived to illegally click 16,487 telephone calls and other forms of communication from prominent members of the socialist government and the world of finance to obtain information about what Villarejo called the ‘GH’ (Hostile Group) Gonzalez. That group was forming, according to the expoliation, by members of the Executive of Rodríguez Zapatero and managers of the construction company.
The documents that work in the so-called piece 9 of the ‘Villarejo case’ – and on which the secret of the summary this week has been raised by the judge of the National Court Manuel García Castellón – reveal that, among others, the expoliation intervened without judicial control. mobiles, landlines, sms or mails of the former vice president of the Government, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega; of the former head of the Moncloa Economic Office, Miguel Sebastián; of the former president of Banco Santander, Emilio Botín; from the former BBVA president, Jesús María Caínzos; of the ex-president of the CNMV, Carlos Arenillas; of the former president of Intermoney, José Pérez; of businessman Juan Abelló; and above all the former president of Sacyr, Luis del Rivero, Gonzalez’s great enemy.
This spying operation, which had the name of ‘Project FG’ (Francisco Gónzalez) included 9,722 “analyzed communications” belonging to members “Hostile Group” and 869 “intercepted conversations” to those same people, although only 5% of those calls were “relevant” for the illegal investigation of Vilarejo about the assault on BBVA. The Bank, according to this summary, came to pay 10,284,689.30 euros to the police network as payment for its spying services, although not only for the ‘FG Project’.
Blackmail and Chueca
Villarejo, in a report dated March 2005, clearly revealed what this “FG Project” consists of. “The essential objective of the project is to boycott the actions planned against K (BBVA), annulling the maneuvers of the ‘Hostile Group’ and causing the abandonment of the harassment plan against FG”. In his reports the ex-commissioner talked about «Search for pressure elements» (euphemism for blackmail) against the “different members of the” Hostile Group “to” force them to flee. “
In this strategy for extortion, the summary reveals that José Villarejo came to have “success” with a contact «from the homosexual environment of Chueca» with a view to trying to coerce one of González’s enemies. The reports detail other “infiltrations” and “approaches” to security services and escorts of prominent figures of that “Hostile Group.” Contacts also appear with judicial media in Madrid and Murcia or with the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor in the framework of this great campaign to curb changes in BBVA.
According to the documents in the case, the ‘FG Project’ was a mixture of traditional espionage work (using funds, media and public databases) with a modern disinformation campaign like those of the big secret services. On the one hand, in the classical way, in addition to the aforementioned ‘punctures’, Villarejo and his clique made 7,150 hours of “follow-up on moving targets”, another 7,480 hours on “fixed targets” and 1,675 hours on “counter-surveillance”.
On the other hand, the ex-commissioner launched a true fake news factory against the group of Sacyr and the socialist leaders that included “87 actions of misinformation in the media” or “68 actions of misinformation in economic-political spheres about a stock crisis that would be caused in the stock market” if González fell. Villarejo, in his results reports to BBVA, boasted that he had ‘sneaked’ information manipulated into a fortnight of national media and another 18 ‘peripheral’ means to abort the landing of Sacyr. In total, the documents speak of 89 meetings with media managers for the campaign against the “Hostile Group”.
Reference is also made in the summary documents that the former National Police ex-command would have held another “73 meetings with members of the Government Information and Intelligence Services (CNI)” and another 27 meetings with spying services from foreign countries in those in BBVA had interests.