In August 1990, Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti confirmed the existence of an anti-communist, paramilitary network in Italy. A few months later, an investigative commission of the Swiss parliament published a report disclosing a clandestine resistance organization on the states territory. Extensive evidence suggests that efforts in creating structures to prepare for a potential invasion of the Warsaw Pact were made in post-war Austria as well. In military terminology, those secret organizations are known as Stay-Behind-Networks. In case of war, irregular troops trained in guerrilla warfare were supposed to be intentionally overrun by invading conventional enemy forces in order to then operate behind enemy lines, focusing on reconnaissance and sabotaging hostile infrastructure. Shortly after the Second World War, several Western European intelligence services started to collaborate with the American CIA for the purpose of installing Stay-Behind-Networks as a counter measure for the eventuality of a Soviet attack. Upon discovery of clandestine structures in 1990, the Italian public found out that these networks, against their initial purpose, were used to influence domestic politics in favour of geopolitical interests held by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. To begin with, this paper discusses the concept of Stay-Behind-Networks in context of the Second World War to provide insight into the function of this form of unconventional warfare. Subsequently, a description of anti-communist structures in Austria, Italy and Switzerland follows, which serves as the foundation for a chronological observation of media publications, outlining the interrelation between media reactions, pressure from the public and subsequent actions by the respective governments, providing a detailed illustration of the events leading to the disclosure of these clandestine networks.