Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wiretap Scandal in Turkey

Strategy-Geopolitics reported yesterday on an article in the Turkish Milliyet newspaper regarding illegal wiretaps. The article revealed that telephone conversations of Prime Minister Erdogan and several top Turkish officials had been recorded.

More specifically police forces conducted a raid on the premises of Aydinlik magazine on the order of the judge advocates investigating the Ergenekon case. As a result of the raid discs were recovered that contained recordings covering a period from 1999 to 2004. The recordings contain conversations by Prime Minister Erdogan, minsters Cicek, Babacan, Bagis, Turkish Cypriot leaders Talat and Denktash as well as the mayors of Ankara and Istanbul. It is not yet clear who is responsible for the illegal taps.

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