Mikel Lejarza, the ‘wolf’ who infiltrated ETA, appears by surprise for the first time in public


Mikel Lejarza, code name ‘Lobo’, infiltrated in ETA in the 70s and who has lived in hiding ever since, appeared on Tuesday afternoon by surprise, amid tight security measures, for the presentation of his latest book , ‘Secrets of confession’, second part of his memoirs, written together with the journalist Fernando Rueda.

With a wig, false beard and painted glasses, Lejarza has entered the lounge of the Villa Real hotel in Madrid in an almost theatrical way, while a video presentation of the book was projected and the room was dark. When the power came back, he was sitting at the table, with four police officers watching the corners. After a round of applause, he pointed out that he contributed “his bit” in the fight against ETA, but that the true architects of his end were the police and the Civil Guard.

The publication of the book, a continuation of ‘I confess’, and which according to the authors represents a “more humane” approach to the figure of ‘Lobo’, including conversations with his relatives, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the operation. Five decades that have not allowed Lejarza to barely relax his security, after having caused the arrest of more than 100 members of ETA in 1974 and having come to direct his infrastructure. “You see me with these pints, but I have no other choice,” he explained to those present. The cover of the book shows, in this sense, one of the bullets that all the commandos of the band had to carry to shoot against the wolf if they found him. Even with ETA dismantled, the risk does not disappear; Rueda compared the current situation of Lejarza with that of Salman Rushdie, who suffered an attack this year due to a fatwa from 1989.

The famous spy recalled that the Lobo operation was closed sooner than he would have wanted, as he hoped to have continued to rise through the ranks and contribute to the final dissolution of ETA after the amnesty of 1977. Although he wanted to avoid speaking out on political issues He did say he felt that “it is very difficult for the seed to disappear” and that it seems to him a grievance that “they” can “travel around Spain, visit their families and go to their children’s weddings” and he continues to live in hiding.

Lezarja explained the importance that religious faith had for him. “If not in God, you have to have faith in yourself, in what you do. The only thing that failed me is that I did not finish with the terrorist ETA”. He also recalled the problems that arose after his infiltration was finished and he became an “annoying character” with whom a “fledgling” and “inexperienced” secret service didn’t know how to deal. In his subsequent activity, he went through Algeria and Mexico, and had a tense relationship with the first head of CESID appointed by the PP, Javier Calderón, in what was “the worst moment” for him since he went into hiding. “He said I was a broken toy, but thanks to me he had a chest full of medals,” he countered.

A life in silence and hidden

“It is such a complex life, so difficult,” said Lejarza, who recalled the vicissitudes that his family had to go through. “A life of silence, of hiding, with the house on your back, like snails; it’s very complicated”. He acknowledged, however, that when he got involved in the fight against ETA he was aware of the uncertain future that awaited him even “if everything went well.” On a couple of occasions during his intervention he was on the verge of getting emotional. “It is very difficult for me to remember, for Fernando [Rueda] It has been very difficult to write the book”, he pointed out about the meetings with the co-author to put black on white.

Lejarza had a memory for the eight CNI agents who died in an ambush in Iraq in 2003, “heroes who make Spain great” and assured that, far from the front line of espionage, he continues to work in his cybersecurity company, called Wolf Group, which adapts its historical name of war to English. He also sponsors a foundation for social projects. When he finished, he left, surrounded by agents, with a musical nod: the sound equipment began to play the song “Resistiré” by the Dynamic Duo.


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