One of the more common demands of the generic anti-conspiracy-theory camp is, “Show me the organization.” This book review does that.
The conspirators were NATO, the CIA, the Mafia and the Vatican. The organization was a network of clandestine soldiers and the resources needed to conduct warfare throughout Europe. In effect, Gladio was a secret army of occupation left behind after World War II when the official allied combatants decamped. In practice, Gladio was a terrorist network run by the U.S. intelligence community and funded — off the books — by drug and other illegal trafficking.
I suppose there is a construct in which we might hope that our good guys can be nefarious in the name of virtue, but I have my doubts. Gladio, in any case, is confirmation that the “deep state” is real, and undesirable.