Vito Miceli (6 January 1916 – 1 December 1990) was an Italian general and politician. He was chief of the SIOS (Servizio Informazioni), Italian Army Intelligence's Service from 1969 and SID's head from October 18, 1970 to 1974. A member of the masonic Propaganda Due, he later became senator for the neo-fascist Italian Social Movement.
Vito Miceli was arrested in October 1974 on charges of "political conspiracy" concerning investigations about the Golpe Borghese "coup" attempt. He was acquitted of any wrongdoing in 1978. Miceli also received money in the 1972 from the United States embassy in Rome. Ambassador Graham Martin turned $800,000 over to Miceli, with approval of the director of the National Security Council, Henry Kissinger, over the objections of the CIA Rome station chief. It is unknown how Miceli spent the money.
In 1977, Italian secret services were reorganized with parliamentary oversight. With law #801 of 24/10/1977, SID was divided into SISMI (Servizio per le Informazioni e la Sicurezza Militare), SISDE (Servizio per le Informazioni e la Sicurezza Democratica) and CESIS (Comitato Esecutivo per i Servizi di Informazione e Sicurezza). The CESIS has a coordination role, led by the President of Council. Furthermore, the Italian Parliamentary Committee on Secret services control was created.
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- "General who led Intelligence Agency Arrested in Italy". The New York Times. 1974-11-01. p. 5.
- "Jail Terms for 1970 Italian Coup Plotters". The Times. 1978-07-15. p. 3.
- "$800,000 for Italy's Intelligence Chief in spite of CIA objections". The Times. 1976-01-31. p. 3.
- Pike Committee (1977). The Pike Report (unauthorized copy). Nottingham, England: Spokesman Books.