| Austria/Deep state|
|The Austrian deep state|
The freighter Lucona sank after an explosion on January 23, 1977 in the Indian Ocean, killing six of the twelve crew members. The case was an attempted insurance fraud, and the loss of the crew was part of the calculations. Of deep political interest is that the official cargo was a uranium ore processing plant[clarification needed], of great interests to many countries.
As Austrian ambassador to Athens in 1985, Herbert Amry uncovered the illegal export of weapons to the warring state Iran from neutral Austria. This, known as the Noricum scandal, caught the attention of the public, parliament and courts in Austria. Amry then died of a sudden heart attack - or poisoning.
Heribert Apfalter, a member of Club 45, was an Austrian businessman who died suddenly in 1987, amid rumours of foul play. Alfred Dallinger, who also attended the 1979 Bilderberg, died in a small plane in 1989.
In 2008, the right-wing politician Jörg Haider, formerly of the Freedom Party, died in a car crash that might have been an assassination.
In 2019, the Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party resigned after a covert video recording of him discussing underhanded political practices. ('the Ibiza Affair'). The operation had many hallmarks of an intelligence operation.
- Otto von Habsburg, Austrian deep politician and regular at Le Cercle and the Bilderberg
- Friedrich König, attended a 1983 Cercle meeting in Bonn