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BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: The Deep State vs Public Govt: The battle between Austria’s intelligence agencies and the Freedom Party

BEST OF THE WEB FLASHBACK: The Deep State vs Public Govt: The battle between Austria’s intelligence agencies and the Freedom Party

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Comment: In the aftermath of the political assassination midway through last month that removed the Freedom Party from the Austrian government – and then the whole government itself – it’s worth taking a closer look at what was going on in (and around) that country in the lead-up to it… As well as anyone, Sybille Geissler knows the threats from Austria’s far-right extremists, who in recent weeks have likened migrants to rats and blithely defended campaign material that evokes Nazi propaganda. For over 12 years, she has led the anti-extremism unit of the domestic intelligence service, and recently testified in a parliamentary inquiry into whether the far right was trying to undermine her agency. Her biggest challenge these days, her testimony suggests, is that the far right is part of her own government. Shortly after the far-right Freedom Party joined the government 17 months ago, taking over the powerful Interior Ministry, the ministry’s top official asked Ms. Geissler and her…
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