In a report on May 27th, Austrian outlet Kronen Zeitung revealed details surrounding the “Russian-linked” corruption video that led to the resignation of Austria’s vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Stache.
Calling it a “movie script,” the outlet claims that “Operation Stache” was organized primarily due to people’s interest in money, but also as revenge “due to a deep aversion from liberal politics.”
The story goes like this:
- In 2017, two security experts working for corporations specialized in industrial espionage (one of the two with secret service in his resume), together with a well-known detective and the lawyer from Vienna had the idea to recruit a “rogue.”
- The lawyer had information regarding Stache’s personal life, received from one of his former bodyguards. With this information, the quartet planned the sophisticated video trap in the style of an intelligence service sting operation.
- Initially, the woman playing the role of the daughter of a Russian oligarch was cast. The role “was awarded” to a Bosnian agricultural student. So, that she could show knowledge of agriculture and forestry to ease Johann Gudenus’ “vigilance” at the meeting in Ibiza.
- The meeting took place in a villa, already bugged with surveillance equipment, which had already been used for other covert operations. In addition to alcohol, it would also have other “high-purity substances” to loosen Strache’s and Gudenus’ tongues.
- With the explosive material, which cost the quartet almost 400,000 euros, according to information from Aufdecker Prof. Gert Schmidt, they planned to make a pretty penny. But parties or a major construction company had initially waved off the price of 1.5 to 2 million euros, so the four men sat on the video for a while.
- That was until 2019, when a German club with accounts in a tax haven came into play. The fact that the “Center for Political Beauty”is behind this is emphatically denied. Finally, the video was purchased in 600,000 euros worth Krugerrand gold coins, which were equally divided between the four masterminds. Attorney Richard Soyer, who represents the accused lawyer, said that the accused had no comment regarding the situation.
- Seven sequences of the video were then forwarded to “Spiegel” and “SZ”. And the rest was history.
Professor Gert Schmidt spoke with the Kronen Zeitung regarding the debacle. He wanted to discover who stood behind the scheme.
“What I lacked from the start was information about the backers of the action. I want to get them in front of the public. I do not want a small group to dictate our policy.”
“What do you know about the mysterious female decoy?
The lady speaks four languages, including perfect Russian, is a student of agricultural sciences in Bosnia and corresponds to the type of woman who interests Mr. Strache. She is said to have been paid between 6,000 to 7,000 euros per day of engagement.”
“What did the intelligence agencies know?
At the latest, when the Ibiza video with the revealing Strache statements in the dirty National Council election 2017 came out all parties and a large construction company – of course, unsuccessfully – should have been offered to purchase it, the domestic state protection should have known. In this context, the first major operation after he assumed office Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, which was the controversial raid on the police intelligence service, appears in a different light.”
“Did the liberal party know about the fatal and fatal recordings that were going on and wanted to get hold of it in the belief that the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the fight against terrorism was in possession of the video?
Certain statements by high-ranking security experts also suggest that the German Federal Intelligence Service and the Spanish secret service were at least aware of the existence of the seven-hour FPÖ (Freedom Party of Austria) dismantling.”
The result of the scandal was a vote of no confidence in the government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz from the Austrian Parliament. The government under the leadership of Kurtz was formed by the coalition of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), which he heads, and the right of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), whose leader was Strache.
Essentially, if the reports are true – the situation had really nothing to do with Russia and was a play to destabilize the Austrian government by internal actors. But, of course, since they could also easily play into the “Russian aggression and destabilization” narrative, why wouldn’t they?
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