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Is the sting against Austria’s Strache a new way of running campaigns?

The staged scandal around Austrian politician Heinz-Christian Strache was clearly a sting operation to demonize conservatives.

Published: June 4, 2019, 1:44 pm

    Vienna

    Not only “populist” politicians must now reckon with Orwell’s Big Brother standing next to them and overhearing their thoughts. Today, 71 percent of respondents in Germany believe that statements about immigration, about Muslims or Islam are dangerous.

    Moreover, more than half of the respondents do not like to speak publicly about issues such as the Nazi period and Jews. Most Germans are even reluctant to discuss right-wing extremism or the AfD in public.

    The aggressiveness of the establishment – which has reached the point of decomposition – is showing that they have no political arguments left. Their European election campaign was completely devoid of any content, and instead they chose to cultivate the demonized “populist” image.

    In the case of the secretly filmed “Ibiza video”, former FPÖ leader Strache has seized law enforcement in Germany. As the public prosecutor’s office in Munich confirmed, a written notice has been filed against all persons “who are jointly responsible for the production, distribution and publication of the so-called Ibiza video”.

    The prosecutor’s office is currently investigating the former vice-chancellor’s suspicion. The Hamburg Public Prosecutor’s Office also confirmed the receipt of an charge against persons who were involved in the production and distribution of the video.

    Austrian newspaper Der Standard reported that an identical charge was issued by the prosecutor’s office Hamburg, a spokeswoman for the authority said. The German news magazine Der Spiegel, headquartered in Hamburg, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich had published parts of an alleged seven-hour video just over two weeks ago implicating Strache in a so-called plot.

    Last week, several private individuals filed lawsuits against the two media outlets, added the spokeswoman. The prosecution has already initiated a preliminary investigation.

    Strache had previously filed a complaint against three people in Vienna. These are the Viennese lawyer Ramin M, the Viennese detective Julian H and the alleged niece of an oligarch, who according to Strache had presented a Latvian passport.

    According to Strache’s Austrian lawyer Johann Pauer they are suspected of criminal offenses: Abuse of sound and listening devices, document forgery, deception and data processing for profit and the intent to harm.

    The conservative government of Austria collapsed in scandal after Strache had been secretly recorded meeting with a woman who had claimed to be the niece of a Russian oligarch. In the film, Strache, who was not in office at the time, agrees to give the woman access to Austrian government contracts in return for her oligarch-uncle giving Strache’s political party positive news coverage.

    In the political history of Europe this is a new technique designed to eliminate politicians and shape the artificial political landscapes through methods that have never been used before because they were considered unacceptable.

    A blonde woman is seen in the footage sitting at a table with multiple bottles of hard liquor inside an electronically bugged villa on the party island of Ibiza, Spain. The video was filmed covertly two years ago.

    However, it was done very professionally. The so-called Russian oligarch’s niece does not have an uncle and is not Russian. She’s a Bosnian student who speaks four languages, including Russian. In order to take part in the filming, she was paid 7 000 euro per day, and trained to start a particular conversation.

    It appears that Austrian professionals with security service experience studied Strache’s preferences and selected a girl with the required parameters. Apart from alcohol, they also used various undeclared substances which may be modern psychoactive substances which can easily alter the way a person perceives their surroundings, and affect their judgment.

    Russian Vesti News suggested that Strache may have been intentionally drugged for the provocation. The goal was to reveal Strache’s “inappropriate behavior” in his drugged state.

    Will Austrians see these manipulations as an acceptable way to run a political campaign?

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