In an unprecedented revelation, former commissioner José Manuel Villarejo, widely known for his role in the state's sewer system, is set to divulge previously undisclosed information. This disclosure will take place in an interview with Món A Rac1's director, Jordi Basté, scheduled for broadcast tomorrow morning.
Unveiling the Past
Villarejo, who has worked for years within the Spanish state’s complex underbelly, is expected to reveal significant information about the past, including some startling revelations about the politics of the 2017 referendum. Allegedly, the order to confront the voters of the October 1 referendum six years ago was given by then Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido. This order was then passed on to his deputy operational director, DAO Florentino Villabona.
The former commissioner explains that in the days leading up to October 1, he suggested a strategy intended to disrupt the voting process. He proposed that three or four police officers be stationed at each polling station two or three days before the referendum. The aim was to prevent the polling stations from opening, thereby denying voters access. However, his advice was not heeded, and the intervention of the police and civil guard was more striking than he had anticipated.
Who Was Responsible?
According to Villarejo, the person responsible for the operation was Villabona, whom he describes as a right-wing figure who enjoyed quelling demonstrations. Villabona, a general commissioner, was someone who reveled in displaying his authority at demonstrations. He even saluted, in a manner reminiscent of Mussolini, from the police station balcony during a demonstration on Via Laietana.
Minister Zoido, described by Villarejo as a bon vivant known as Zampa, was said to be more concerned with eating than worrying about many things. Villarejo asserts that it was Zoido who gave the order to confront the voters. However, he suggests that Zoido likely consulted the president before taking such a decisive step.
Behind the Scenes
Villarejo also takes aim at Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, Mariano Rajoy's right-hand woman. At the time, Santamaría was the political head of the National Intelligence Center (CNI). Villarejo accuses her of having convinced President Rajoy that she would control the CNI, thus causing Cospedal, even as Minister of Defense, not to have control over the CNI. This structure, according to Villarejo, led to the CNI failing to find the ballot boxes for the October 1 referendum.
He asserts that the CNI, under the direction of Félix Sanz Roldán, was aware at all times of the situation. Despite being retired, Villarejo says he continued to provide information to the secret services, but his reports were ignored.
Revealing his Sources
In the interview, Villarejo discloses the identities of two of his previously unpublished sources used in preparing for the Catalunya operation. One source was a former Government councilor, while the other was a senior sports manager. These individuals provided him with crucial information that guided him in understanding the landscape of the independence orbit and also furnished him with details about Sandro Rosell, then president of Barça, who was accused in a case for alleged money laundering.
This forthcoming interview promises to be a significant event, shedding light on previously undisclosed aspects of Spain's political history. Villarejo's revelations are likely to stimulate further discussion and analysis of this tumultuous period in Spain's recent past.