‘The Sovereignty Protection Office is currently investigating the videos shared on social media platform X, in which the leaders of Action for Democracy (A4D) admit that George Soros is behind the billions of euros that the organization has given to the Hungarian left,’ the president of the office, Tamás Lánczi, told Mandiner. The political scientist said that they are trying to obtain the entire recording, and for this purpose, they have already contacted the relevant authorities, including overseas.
‘Although only edited details have been released so far, it can be said that the videos do not appear to be manipulated, as the actors—the leaders of A4D—seem to be talking at length about how they wanted to influence the Hungarian elections, who they were working for, and with what money they intended to help the opposition to get into government,’ Tamás Lánczi explained. He added that he considers the videos to be unprecedented, which seems to confirm the assumptions that could only be suspected over the past two years.
‘It was already known what the distribution mechanism for foreign money was to the opposition in the 2022 general election campaign. But now we are also getting some insight into the origin of the money. This needs to be fully explored by examining the original, unedited footage,’ the president of the office declared. According to Tamás Lánczi, several different crimes could have taken place.
But what kind of videos are we talking about? In late January and early February, videos of people linked to A4D admitting that
George Soros could have financed the election campaign of the Hungarian left,
among others, started to spread rapidly on social media platform X. Speaking on the recordings are people who are clearly connected to Hungarian-born American billionaire Kati Marton, Chair of the A4D Board of Trustees, General Wesley Clark, a member of the A4D Board of Trustees, and A4D’s Director Dávid Korányi, who was formerly Gergely Karácsony’s chief diplomatic advisor.
The videos provide a wealth of interesting information about Soros’s political manipulations, which are taking place simultaneously in the US political arena and in many other countries, including Brazil, Türkiye, Poland, Slovakia, and, of course, Hungary.
These are not new things, of course. There has been a lot of talk about Soros’s political manipulation in the Hungarian and international public discourse, but at the same time, these rumours have been dismissed as conspiracy theories by the mainstream left-wing press. Now, however, leading A4D officials have themselves confessed how they intervened personally and through left-wing NGOs to mobilize voters in the Hungarian, Polish, Slovak, and Brazilian elections.
In one of the videos shared on X, Dávid Korányi talked about how they deliberately used the opportunity provided by US law to hide the fact that George Soros was the main donor because they thought it would hurt their image here.
According to reports from prominent members of the organization, they are in close contact with decision-makers in the Biden administration. Kati Marton, for example, boasted of how quickly and smoothly they were able to get to work in Poland—where they supported the left-wing opposition before last year’s elections—after contacting the US Ambassador in Warsaw.
‘This clearly shows that this is not easy to prevent, but the Sovereignty Protection Office, in cooperation with state bodies such as the State Audit Office or the National Information Centre,
will do everything possible to prevent such attempts before the local elections in June,’
Tamás Lánczi told Mandiner.
Earlier, an intelligence report launched to investigate foreign influence in the 2022 elections, which was partially declassified last summer, found that Action for Democracy and a Swiss foundation had received around four billion forints of foreign money in Hungary to finance the left’s campaign activities.
It is interesting to note that the European Commission decided to launch infringement proceedings against Hungary over the Sovereignty Protection Law almost at the same time as the above-mentioned recordings came to light. A communication released by the EU executive body on 7 February reads as follows:
‘The Commission considers that the Hungarian legislation at stake violates several provisions of primary and secondary EU law, among others the democratic values of the Union; the principle of democracy and the electoral rights of EU citizens; several fundamental rights enshrined in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, such as the right to respect for private and family life, the right to protection of personal data, the freedom of expression and information, the freedom of association, the electoral rights of EU citizens, the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial, the privilege against self-incrimination and the legal professional privilege; the requirements of EU law relating to data protection and several rules applicable to the internal market.’
The Hungarian government has two months to reply to the letter of formal notice and if the reply is not deemed acceptable, the procedure will move to the next stage. Finally, the European Court of Justice may rule on the dispute.