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How Jan Marsalek spied on Austria's Office for the Protection of the Constitution


Jan Marsalek was not only a top manager at Wirecard, but also led a shadowy life in the world of the secret services. How the alleged fraudster got sensitive information from Austria's protection of the constitution.

Jan Marsalek, the alleged mastermind behind the fraud scandal involving the German payment service provider Wirecard, is now one of the most wanted people in the world.

Not just because he is said to have falsified balance sheets worth billions at Wirecard.

But also because Marsalek led a shadowy life - in the world of the secret services.

With the help of a former intelligence officer, Marsalek is said to have obtained secret information from the Austrian Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

Investigators also assume that he received the formula for the neurotoxin Novichok in 2018 from a source in Vienna.

How did Marsalek manage to get a foothold in Austria's protection of the constitution?

In order to understand that, you have to know what was going on in the scandal-ridden authority at the time.

A faction of constitutional protection officers had tried for years to bring the "Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism" (BVT) under control.

The group is said to have sabotaged its own superiors and passed on state secrets.

Ironically, Jan Marsalek came across these renegade constitutional protection officers.

Austria's ailing protection of the constitution

In this episode of "Inside Austria" we look at the secret service affair in the Wirecard case.

We explain how Jan Marsalek obtained secret information from the Office for the Protection of the Constitution and why he found accomplices in Austria's intelligence service of all places.

We want to know what strictly confidential data was leaked to him and what he used this information for.

And we ask whether Marsalek might have done all this on behalf of Russia.

In the weekly podcast “Inside Austria”, SPIEGEL and STANDARD look together at the big and small scandals in Austria.

Together with journalists from both editorial offices, we reconstruct cases and events that move the country.

We look into political abysses, follow the investigations into the cause of Sebastian Kurz and his ÖVP.

And inform about an important Austrian topic of the week.

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-01-28

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