World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's wiretapping and bugging scandal has taken on a new dimension after an alleged top secret meeting between Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish Armed Forces deputy general Yasar Guler, National Intelligence Agency chief Hakan Fidan and Foreign Affairs undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu was leaked on the internet.
The video was leaked on Wednesday evening and apparantly features the four senior officials discussing possible war scenarios with Syria. They are heard debating over three plans should developments in the region make war necessary.
Speaking on the security breach, the Foreign Ministry said that those who bugged the meeting and published it were 'enemies of the state' and would be given the harshest punishment.
"Eavesdropping of a top secret meeting and leaking recordings is a wretched attack and an grave offense on national security," the statement said.
Expressing that the meeting of Turkish officials regarding the defence of the Turkish base at the Suleiman Shah tomb was a natural response to threats, the statement said that the incident exposed the cyber and electronic attack the country was facing.
"The networks of betrayal who committed this crime are the enemies of the state and its people," the Foreign Ministry announced.
The Foreign Ministry promised to find the perpetrators as soon as possible and bring them to justice, vowing to enforce the heaviest possible punishment.
In recent weeks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group has strengthened its position around the suburbs of Aleppo, where they have demanded Turkish troops withdraw from their overseas territory at the tomb of Suleiman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey has responded saying that any attempt to attack the Turkish territory and the soldiers based there would be dealt with by force.
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had accused his former ally, the US-based congregation leader Fethullah Gulen, of setting up a 'parallel state' within Turkey and wiretapping hundreds of thousands of Turkish citizens' phone calls.Last Mod: 27 Mart 2014, 18:04