World Bulletin / News Desk
It has been revealed in a dossier obtained by a Turkish news outlet that Turkey's 'parallel state' listened to the phone conversations of up to 7,000 individuals over a period of 3 years.
According to Turkey's daily Star newspaper, World Bulletin editor and Yeni Safak columnist Akif Emre is among those who had their phones tapped.
Other writers for Yeni Safak, as well as employees at Turkey's state-owned TRT channel, the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT), a ruling AK Party minister, the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) headquarters, the general manager of Vakifbank, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's brother and Interior Minister Efkan Ala also find their names on the list.
The listed individuals were allegedly listened to under the excuse that they belonged to a so called 'terrorist' organization called Selam.
The Hizmet Movement, which is led by US-based congregational leader Fethullah Gulen, has been accused of being behind a 'parallel state' set up to undermine the government via insiders in the police force and judiciary.
A former ally of Turkey's ruling AK Party, Fethullah Gulen fell out with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over government plans to reform prep schools, from which Gulen's movement earns a bulk of its income.
Shortly after these plans were revealed, a series of police raids targeting government loyalists took place, with dozens arrested on December 17.Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2014, 11:46