10/7 AfD accuses ex-chief Frauke Petry of stealing party member data

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Frauke Petry, the former co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), has been accused of nabbing member data before leaving the party, according to a report on Friday. According to information published by German news magazine Stern, the party’s executive board intends to sue Petry for the alleged data theft.  AfD reactions to the initial Stern report were mixed. Party spokesman Christian Lüth confirmed to the AFP news agency that the AfD believed Petry took party member data, but that it needs to be investigated further. He said that the party was considering its legal options but hadn’t yet taken measures against Petry. But Julian Flak, one of the members of the AfD executive board, appeared to deny at least aspects of the Stern report, writing on Twitter that it was “fake news.”

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