17/08/2019 13:57

National Security May also be Affected by Microsoft Case

National Security May also be Affected by Microsoft Case
The Microsoft case, that effectively took money out of the pockets of Hungarian taxpayers, could raise national security issues, said deputy faction leader of MSZP Tamás Harangozó in the program ATV Start on Tuesday.
In fact, as a "forerunner" of the corruption scandal, Microsoft's software and licenses have been withdrawn for months from the local distributor. As these were running on the computers of the state administration, it is possible that the machines of the Secret Service, the National Tax and Customs Authority and National Police Headquarters could not be used for months.
What sort of damage has the country suffered here? "I would very much like to find out, as the case may raise national security issues," the MP said.
Harangozó announced yesterday that he would initiate the setup of a parliamentary committee to investigate the corruption case between the government and Microsoft and would appeal to leaders of 10 governmental organisations, agencies, authorities and ministries with a public announcement asking the Public Procurement Committee to review the "obviously fraudulent" public procurement case.
It is important for Parliament to scrutinize the political bonds between Microsoft and government players, particularly after the release of an e-mail stating that "everyone approved the case all the way up to the prime minister."
"If the government, Viktor Orbán, and the other players involved have nothing to hide, they will obviously be happy to come and tell what the misunderstanding is all about," said Harangozó.
“Otherwise, one cannot really get it wrong because the deal has taken place. It is a fact that the company bought the software from the parent company at a discount. They then sold it to the Hungarian State at the original list price keeping the margin for themselves and stealing the money from the pockets of our dear taxpayers. This part is dead sure."
In this case, the damage to the taxpayer is much more important than the political scandal.
"It’s outrageous to bargain for the discount and then pay the full purchase price from the money of the Hungarian taxpayers (…). This is no longer an act of mischief, it is downright scoundrelism and one has to see who is responsible for it.”
He added that the case must have consequences, "so that no one ever thinks of doing it again."