Communicating with hands and feet
Parts of the conversation were translated into Russian by Mr. Gudenus, who had spent a couple of semesters in Russia and speaks the language, although seemingly with some difficulty.
At one point, Mr. Gudenus raises his hand in a gun gesture, trying to explain that the party was getting untraceable donations from Gaston Glock, the Austrian behind the Glock pistol, as well.
Mr. Glock has denied the allegation.
Sensing a trap
Der Spiegel reported that after six hours of conversation with the woman and her interpreter, Mr. Strache appeared to sense a trap.
Mr. Gudenus, however, convinced him otherwise. “No, it’s not a trap,” he tells the vice chancellor on tape.
During his news conference on Saturday, when he announced his resignation, Mr. Strache said in an emotional speech that he would go after people involved in what he called a trap, promising legal action. The only name mentioned was that of Jan Böhmermann, a German comedian who had joked about a month before the video was released about the Freedom Party drinking in an oligarch’s villa in Ibiza.
It’s not clear what connection, if any, there is between the joke and the video.
Blaming it on the alcohol
During the news conference on Saturday, Mr. Strache took a defiant tone against those who had released the video.
He did, however, apologize for his part in a conversation he insisted was private, saying it was typical “macho behavior” brought on by alcohol, and probably, the desire to impress the “attractive hostess.”