Local ties to right-wing Hungarian website to be probed

June 26, 2014 – In The News
Michael Sweet was featured in J-Weekly's article, "Local ties to right-wing Hungarian website to be probed." Full text can be found in the June 26, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

On June 18th during a U.S. District Court hearing in San Francisco, lawyers representing a Hungarian foundation were granted subpoenas to investigate Healdsburg businessman Béla Varga, an alleged Hungarian neo-Nazi supporter.

Michael Sweet explains that the subpoenas target both Varga and CloudFlare, the San Francisco–based company Varga allegedly used to anonymously register the anti-Semitic Hungarian news website

“We’ll be looking for information about who in Hungary is supporting the website,” he says, adding that there were both civil and criminal proceedings currently underway in Hungary.

Sweet states that his investigation will seek to determine information about Varga’s role in setting up the website domain name with S.F.-based CloudFare and who might have helped him with the setup. All evidence will be turned over to the Action and Protection Foundation and the plaintiff in the case, Daniel Bodnar, president of the organization.

He adds that the time it will take to gather evidence stemming from the subpoenas will depend on Varga’s and CloudFare’s cooperation.

Concluding, Sweet says, “It could take days or, if people are resistant, it could take longer. There’s a possibility that the information we are seeking may not be available from [Varga] and [CloudFlare] and we may need to seek it from other parties.”