from Guy Debord

To Floriana Lebovici
29 May 1985
Dear Floriana:

With the pain you can imagine, I have studied the dossier[1] of which we spoke. Naturally, I have not made any revolutionary discoveries in it (the work is quite poor). But all the same I have drawn several interesting impressions, of which I will speak to you. I can say straight off that nothing seems to me to be opposed to the general tendency of the hypothesis of Jean M.[2]

I have attached[3] a curious and ambiguous article by Millet.[4] He obviously has his professional reasons -- whatever his principal profession finally is -- to insinuate several half-truths. In any case, he is quite well-informed. I annotate the interesting passages.

1) In the argot of French hooligans, "to set up a work" is to set a trap, but this particularly refers to police provocation, fabricated evidence or artificial accusations that will certainly "fall" upon he whom one want to eliminate for other reasons. If Millet indicates that Sulak[5] had this impression at the beginning, now that one knows how the thing turned out, it seems to me that this reinforces my worst hypothesis about an ambush to get rid of Sulak.

2) That Sulak was killed by heavy blows from bars destined to test the sound of metallic rungs, as on the railroads -- this is an accusation that was made in an Appeal from Fleury-Merogis,[6] which I received before the prison revolts and whose authenticity seems unquestionable to me, Millet echoes this fact, under the casual and sly form that all of these journalist-police officers have learned from reading Le Monde with admiration.

3) Jo[v]anovic had "provided security" at the cinema of Rene Chateau,[7] which led to the results one knows. He was obviously a bandit of great range, not the disciple but the teacher of Sulak.

4) Millet says, very clearly for once, that Jo[v]anovic had been coldly executed[8] exactly like Mesrine.[9] In this case, one can wonder why? And it was 11 March [1985]!

From all that we have learned through our own investigations over the last fifteen years: all those who have assured us that, in France, there is no contact between the malavita[10] and the cinematic milieus (as was no doubt the case in 1935 or 1960) have impudently lied to us. What would you think today of someone who would say that the Italian special services are composed of officers who are patriotic and loyal to the legal government, whereas it might be true that they only had such faults under Mussolini?

Tell me when you will arrive. I embrace you.

[1] The dossier of instructions.

[2] Jean Montaldo. [Translator's note: an investigative journalist.]

[3] Translator's note: not attached in the version translated here.

[4] Gilles Millet, journalist for Liberation.

[5] Bruno Sulak. [Translator's note: a Yugoslavian who was born in Algeria, Sulak was murdered on 29 March 1985 trying to escape from prison.]

[6] Translator's note: Prison in southern Paris, where Sulak was held. The Appeal was issued on 18 April 1985.

[7] Producer of VHS films.

[8] In the headquarters of an airplane rental company, from which [Radissa] Jovanovic -- "if it is really him," declared the director of the S.R.P.J. of Bordeaux -- had been supposed to help Sulak escape from the Gradignan prison.

[9] Translator's note: Jacques Mesrine, bankrobber murdered by the police on 2 November 1979.

[10] Translator's note: Italian for "underworld."

(Published in Guy Debord Correspondance, Vol 5: Janvier 1979-Decembre 1987 by Librairie Artheme Fayard, 2006. Translated from the French by NOT BORED! May 2007. Footnotes by Alice Debord, except where noted.)

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