Turkey calls leaked audio a 'declaration of war'

Turkey's foreign minister has said those who eavesdropped on a high-level security meeting of Turkish officials on Syria are "clearly linked with the Syrian regime and Al-Qaeda."

Turkey calls leaked audio a 'declaration of war'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said that the leaking of wiretappings concerning a high level security meeting on Syria is a declaration of war.

The meeting involving high level Turkish state authorities discussing the possible threats to Turkish territory in Aleppo, Syria, was illegally recorded and those recordings subsequently leaked earlier on Thursday.

Davutoglu said infiltrating such a meeting and leaking recordings of that meeting is “a cyber-attack" on Turkey, adding ”it is obviously an attack on the Republic of Turkey and our people...Those behind it are attempting to create the perception of a weak Turkey."

He continued saying that those behind this attack would receive the heaviest possible punishment and Turkey would take measures of all sorts to protect itself.

In a statement earlier from the Turkish Foreign Ministry the eavesdroppers were branded "enemies of the state".

"Eavesdropping of a high level security meeting and leaking recordings is a wretched attack and a grave offense on national security," the statement concluded.

The tomb of Suleiman Shah is in Turkish territory according to international law and is currently under threat due to the rise in fighting between the Syrian opposition and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the area.

Protected by Turkish troops, the Suleyman Shah Tomb, Turkey's only exclave, and the surrounding area are located in Aleppo's Manbij district, approximately 30km from the Turkish border.

Leak linked with Syrian regime, al-Qaeda

Turkey's foreign minister has said those who eavesdropped on a high-level security meeting of Turkish officials on Syria are "clearly linked with the Syrian regime and Al-Qaeda."

"Those behind this attack are cooperating with the enemies of Turkey," Ahmet Davutoglu said in a televised interview on a private channel on Thursday.

He said the perpetrators of the snooping were “attempting to create the perception of a ‘weak’ Turkey, especially ahead of 30 March local elections."

On Turkey's blocking access to Youtube, Davutoglu said the move came after the leak.

The Turkish foreign ministry had earlier called for the restriction of access to some content on the website due to leaked recording.

"States have the right to take such measures everywhere in the world. We are asking for the kind of respect that any other country would be shown if they faced the same situation,” Davutoglu said.

Security meeting snoop 'villainous'

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday slammed leaked spying on a security meeting and described it as an act of "immorality, villainy, abjectness, and ignominy" during an election rally in southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

Condemning the illegal eavesdropping, Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler said, "Spying on a meeting about the national security is an ignominious attack. If it is not an act of treason, what else can it be?"

Speaking to the press in Turkey’s central Anatolian province of Sivas, Turkey’s Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said spying on a security meeting between senior Turkish officials was "counter-intelligence against the state," adding it was unacceptable and the Turkish judiciary will take action concerning the issue.

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