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World Payment service provider: Ex-Wirecard manager Marsalek is said to have been an undercover agent for the Austrian secret service

01:50  30 october  2020
01:50  30 october  2020 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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Dhe former Wirecard manager Jan Marsalek was possibly undercover agent for the Austrian intelligence service . The Federal Public Prosecutor General “ has evidence that the Austrian citizen Jan Marsalek was listed as a confidant by an employee of the Austrian Federal Office for the

Markus Braun, the Austrian tech CEO who built Wirecard (WCAGY) into one of Germany's biggest companies, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion Wirecard mounted a search for the missing funds after EY declined to sign off on its books, but that effort ran into a dead end over the weekend in

The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office joins the thriller about Jan Marsalek. According to SZ, the ex-Wirecard board worked as a liaison for Austria's secret service.

Der Ex-Wirecard-Vorstand ist seit Juni untergetaucht. © dpa The ex-Wirecard board of directors has gone into hiding since June.

According to German investigators, former Wirecard manager Jan Marsalek was apparently an undercover agent for the Austrian intelligence service.

The Federal Public Prosecutor General "has evidence that the Austrian national Jan Marsalek was led by an employee of the Austrian Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter Terrorism (BVT) as a confidant," says the Federal Ministry of Justice's answer to a written question from the Bundestag member Fabio De Masi (left), reports the " Süddeutsche Zeitung " .

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Marsalek is also said to have sent large amounts of bitcoin to Russia from Dubai, where Wirecard had operated “dubious” services . Handelsblatt suggests there may be a previous link between the Austrian Wirecard board member and the GRU, and that Marsalek had styled himself as a secret

Marsalek joined Wirecard in 2000 as an IT project manager and quickly built a reputation for The insolvency lawyer’s report said that without those fake sales, Wirecard wouldn’t have been able to In the basement, Marsalek had two intensive-care beds and supplies of medication for the Covid-19

The Federal Chancellery did not want to comment. Even the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, to which the BVT is subordinate, did not want to comment on SZ's request.

It was known so far that Marsalek has a close-knit network of acquaintances, business partners - and secret service agents, especially in Russia . He is said to have bragged about his contacts in the world of secret services in particular among his colleagues.

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In addition, he is said to have used ten different passports for his at least 60 trips to Russia in the past ten years. This was found out by the respected research platform Bellingcat on the basis of Marsalek's entry documents. He is also said to have had contacts with the Russian secret service: for example, he boasted of a trip to Palmyra in Syria after the expulsion of Islamist extremists in 2017 - and at that time he could only get there with Russian secret service agents who kept the dictator Bashar al-Assad in power .

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Jan Marsalek , Wirecard ’s longtime chief operating officer, stopped responding to messages from colleagues when the electronic- payments giant ran into trouble. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services .

Germany payment service provider Wirecard AG says it has concluded that two accounts that were Prosecutors in Germany say that the former CEO of the payments company Wirecard has been Braun, an Austrian who had led Wirecard since 2002, was arrested on suspicion of incorrect

Should Marsalek's work for the Austrian intelligence services apply, it would be an acid test for diplomatic relations with Germany.

De Masi's request to the federal government is correspondingly clear: "The Chancellor should pick up the phone as soon as possible and Sebastian Kurz ask what the Austrians are up to here," says the Left Party member of " Süddeutsche Zeitung . "If the suspicion is confirmed, the Austrian ambassador must be called in." Marsalek has been in hiding since June.

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A former senior executive at Wirecard AG escaped from Austria to Belarus on a private aircraft last year with the help of a secret - service agent and a far-right politician, according to an arrest warrant seen by Bloomberg. Marsalek paid for the flight in cash and was flown to Minsk.

Charges were first brought against Marsalek in June 22, and his status as a suspect was widely known, but under Germany's extremely strict privacy laws, formally announcing he is a suspect and soliciting public help is a major step. Prosecutors said they believed he was outside Germany.

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