World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's army chief Necdet Ozel has ordered an investigation into an audio leaked that revealed the details of a top secret meeting regarding possible war strategies in Syria between Deputy Chief of Staff General Yasar Guler, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and National Intelligence Organization (MIT) chief Hakan Fidan.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his anger along with a number of other officials, who called the illegal recording and leaking of the meeting an act of espionage just days before the March 30 local elections. It has been speculated that the room in which the meeting was held may have been bugged or the conversation may have been recorded by a software secretly installed in a mobile phone that was in the room.
In the leak, the four were heard debating over possible ways to conduct military operations in Syria. Fighting between the Syrian opposition and regime along Turkey's south-eastern border has often spilled over on to Turkish territory during the three-year civil war, with Syrian jets breaching Turkish airspace a number of times. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group has also threatened to attack Turkey's base on the Suleiman Shah tomb in Aleppo. Foreign Minister Davutoglu in return threatened to conduct airstrikes on the ISIL to protect the base.
The leaks were blamed on the so called 'parallel state', which has been accused of wiretapping the phones of hundreds of thousands of Turkish citizens, including those of ministers, businessmen and officers. They have also been accused of instigating a number of scandals in the country in a bid to undermine the government and secret services.
Following the leaks on to Youtube, Turkey moved fast to remove the the leaks. Access to Youtube was then blocked in the country just days later.
The Turkish authorities have started searching the properties of a number of individuals believed to be linked to the so called 'parallel state' in the province of Adana.
Searches were conducted on the homes of an assistant police chief, eight policemen and two former intelligence officers.
Although the details of the searches are not yet clear, it is assumed that the operation may be linked to the arrest of two Turkish intelligence agents in January when the delivery truck they were driving to Syria was raided.
The operation on the intelligence agents was blamed on 'parallel' elements within the Turkish judiciary and police force in a bid to undermine the Turkish government and secret services.Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 12:16