Turk Telekom Espionage Case and National Intelligence Agency Crisis

Before the tension between Akparti and FETO, Türk Telekom inspector Adem Çetinkaya investigated the illegal Technical operations of FETO; the Police Intelligence Branch, which was informed about the investigation report, took part in the indictment that tried to cover up the incident by confiscating the computer and documents belonging to the inspector.

In the scope of illegal listening and espionage investigation which has been illegally restrained by thousands of lines, especially the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the Prime Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, peer to peer circuit connections and TAFICS lines belonging to the General Staff, It has been detected that it has been sent to the IP address.

In May 2010, a video appearing to show opposition Republican People’s’ Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and his assistant engaging in an extra-marital affair was uploaded to the internet. Baykal, calling the video a conspiracy and claiming it was doctored, nevertheless submitted his resignation. 36 people, of which 34 are police officers, have been detained during the course of investigations relating to the sex tape.

In the run up to the 2011 parliamentary elections, similar conspiracies were used against the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Videos that appeared to show leading MHP figures and parliamentary candidates in compromising positions were uploaded to the internet. The plot was used to place pressure on MHP leader Devlet Bahceli to resign, threatening that more videos would be released if he failed to do so. It has been claimed that those MHP leaders whose tapes were leaked were illegally surveilled by FETO-aligned police officers as ‘members of a terrorist organization.’

Retired Admiral Nusret Guner has similarly claimed that members of FETO sought to blackmail him by planting a hidden camera in his daughter’s bedroom.

In February 2012, as part of an ongoing investigation into organizations aligned to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), public prosecutors summoned senior members of Turkey’s intelligence community, including the head of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Hakan Fidan. The summons issued by the public prosecutor was in breach of the relevant laws which stipulate that the head of the intelligence agency can only be questioned by judicial authorities with the permission of the Prime Minister. Therefore the public prosecutor chose a day on which then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was undergoing surgery. The summons was issued without the knowledge of the Istanbul regional public prosecutor.

The summons was issued in relation to talks between MIT and the PKK regarding how to bring the PKK’s thirty year armed struggle to an end. It was claimed that members of MIT were involved in supporting the activities of organizations associated with the PKK. This was followed by a campaign in FETO-aligned media organs which sought to blacken Fidan’s name by claiming he was an agent of a foreign state.

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