According to a declassified presentation of the Hungarian security services, the lion’s share of millions of dollars wired from the United States to Hungary ended up at a network of companies doing online political marketing based on data collection, which were built up around emblematic faces of socialist former governments. There are many question marks around the investigation, as the supposed sources of the donations totaling about 9 million USD are only hinted at in the public material.
This article was originally published on english.atlatszo.hu.
On Wednesday afternoon, the slides of the presentation the members of the national security committee of the Hungarian parliament attended a week ago during a closed hearing was published on the committee’s website. The minutes of the hearing, as well as the report itself that comprises the basis of the presentation — which is not the final one the committee will receive on the matter — are still classified.
A supplemental letter, written by the director of the National Information Center (NIK) that was also published along with the declassified presentation summed up what parts of the still classified report can be made public. These details mainly entail the wire transfer data following the path of the money sent by US-registered NGO Action for Democracy (AD) to Hungary.
According to NIK’s findings, which are an aggregate of data from the security services, the police and the tax authority, the lion’s share of the millions of dollars sent by AD ended up at a leftist political influence machine, the existence of which was first reported by Atlatszo nearly three years ago, after the municipal elections of 2019.
Hungarian reporter at Átlátszó, with 10+ years experience in doing investigative reporting for various Hungarian outlets. Based in Budapest.