The General Staff on Saturday confirmed newspaper's claims that the army had prior intelligence on an attack against security forces in the Southeast by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that left 13 soldiers dead, but noted that the unit in question had been duly warned.
The person who leaked the document proving the existence of prior knowledge of the PKK's attack had been discovered and would be punished accordingly, a statement posted on the Web site of the Office of Chief of General Staff said on Saturday. The statement also warned newspapers that it would be taking the necessary measures to protect itself in the face of what it called recent "hateful" attacks by the media. The statement was referring to reports that appeared in newspapers claiming that individuals or groups in the military had plans to manipulate public opinion against the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party).
In addition to the alleged secret plans to foment anti-government public opinion, another report said the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) had been warned ahead of an attack in the southeastern city of Dağlıca on security forces that resulted in the death of 13 soldiers last October.
"A long-lasting defamation campaign conducted by certain circles against the TSK has escalated recently through print and broadcast media, including the Internet. The TSK believes it is likely that these multi-faceted and systemic attacks against it will continue in the future and it will closely monitor such developments," the military said, in a statement posted on its Web site on Saturday.
Two weeks ago the Taraf daily printed a leaked army file documenting a comprehensive plan of action to intervene in politics and civilian life. In a report published last week based on another document leaked from within the military, the same newspaper also said the TSK had an intelligence report in advance of the Dağlıca attack by PKK terrorists. "The TSK acknowledges that it faces an orchestrated and hateful attack by certain circles. There is no doubt that the TSK will take the necessary precautions to defend itself," the statement said.
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