'Reminds of Israeli political strategist Tal Silberstein' - Austrian Chancellor on tape scandal
Added 05-20-19 01:37:03pm EST - “Following Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache's resignation amid a corruption scandal, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has hinted that Israeli political strategist Tal Silberstein may have orchestrated the debacle.” - Rt.com
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Strache resigned on Saturday, one day after a video surfaced in German outlets showing the vice-chancellor discussing a quid-pro-quo agreement with a woman presented by the media as a niece of a Russian oligarch, filmed in Ibiza in 2017. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz quickly condemned Strache’s alleged misdeeds, and called for snap elections.
However, both Strache – who heads Austria’s Freedom Party, the junior coalition partner to Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party – and Kurz both alleged dirty tricks were afoot.
Strache called the surreptitiously recorded tape a “targeted political assassination,” and Kurz compared the scandal to a “dirty campaign” waged against him in 2017 by Austria’s Social Democrats, via political adviser Tal Silberstein.
“Concerning the methods, this strongly reminds me of Tal Silberstein, the campaign aide of the SPÖ (Social Democrats) in 2017,” Kurz said. “He used similar methods all across the world.”
Kurz’s first run-in with Silberstein occurred during Austria’s general election two years ago. Well on track to becoming Austria’s youngest-ever leader at the time, Kurz was hit with allegations that his supporters ran websites churning out racist content and conspiracy theories. As well as the sites purporting to be from his supporters, another hit-site called “The Truth About Sebastian Kurz” alleged that the center-right leader was secretly working in the service of billionaire liberal financier George Soros.
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