For weeks Austria has been held in suspense by a political crime thriller. The chats and their preparation – that’s one thing, emphasizes political expert Gert Schmidt (EU Infothek) in an interview with eXXpress editor-in-chief Richard Schmitt. Another is who prepared these chats in this form. And here the revelations of the EU-Infothek, the plagiarism hunter Stefan Weber and the eXXpress brought to light serious suspicions, mainly due to a serious mistake by Falter editor-in-chief Florian Klenk. The latest eddy is this time the subject of conversation between the two journalists.
You will see the entire conversation at 7:50 p.m.!
Not for the first time, the weekly Falter played an important role in the unveiling of the latest chats. The processing was remarkable, as Richard Schmitt emphasizes. If other media had seen the act and chats beforehand, the reporting would – with a very high probability – have been significantly less excited. The situation is completely different if someone already writes at 12:39 p.m.: You have received an incredibly hot piece of paper and have been writing on it for hours.
Gert Schmidt sees a “system” at work here since the Ibiza affair. The butterfly takes on a central role: “We know that the butterfly already knew about the video in 2018.” This role of the butterfly continued up to Sebastian Kurz. One circumstance is of particular interest here: “It makes a big difference whether something is slipped into a medium and then published, or whether one actively strives for so-called news that takes place in a selection where others lack control.” In retrospect, even the compilation of the Ibiza video turned out to be highly manipulative. Some allegations even vanished into thin air, like the one that Heinz-Christian Strache wanted to sell Austria’s water. The same now applies to the selection of chats.
The matter became more explosive due to a mistake by Klenk, which is “serious”, as Gert Schmidt says. It shouldn’t have happened even to a volunteer or a beginner. “We know that if we get files from a legal source secret, we cover up every handwritten note.” The moth didn’t do that. He brought out the file with a handwritten note – it’s always the same handwriting.
In the file for the last house search, Klenk quoted a handwritten number, apparently because he thought this ON would summarize several issues. In other words, the file went to 50 lawyers of the suspects involved, all of whom have access to the file. But this was not so. Because apart from Kurz consultant Stefan Steiner and his lawyer, no other lawyer could have the corresponding number at this point in time. This number could only be assigned to one person and one lawyer. The fact that Steiner and his lawyer scanned this file for Klenk is not really “true to life”, as Richard Schmitt emphasizes.
Schmidt emphasizes: There must be another source. This does not have to be the WKStA. “There are many posts in the agency. Klenk succeeded in drilling into this point. ” Klenk’s next amateur mistake was to distribute unredacted files via WhatsApp. Richard Schmitt: “Every investivative journalist folds his arms over his head.”
The discovery of the eXXpress caused a stir, especially the realization that Klenk lives 1,500 meters as the crow flies from the investigating public prosecutor. Since then, Klenk has reacted extremely aggressively with factual claims. Schmidt insisted that his detective agency never shadowed Klenk. He suspects that Klenk only wants to distract from the actual facts and to attract attention.
But what is the real issue? What is it essentially about? Richard Schmitt states what the decisive question is: “It is important in this country that the work of the judiciary is not abused for political purposes.”
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