TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on SEP. 01

Monday's newspapers cover German weekly Der Spiegel’s claims on foreign spying on Turkey, Turkish intelligence service’s purchase of a lie detector and ongoing construction works of Turkey’s Eurasia Tunnel Project.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on SEP. 01

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Most Turkish newspapers on Monday cover German weekly Der Spiegel’s claims that, as well as Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the U.S has been spying on Turkey.

HURRIYET runs the headline, “They spied on Turkey too,” referring to German weekly’s claim that the U.S. National Security Agency has been spying on Turkish political, military, and intelligence leadership, and also energy companies.

The newspaper claims the agency -- known by the initials NSA -- has spied on Turkey through two secret intelligence stations established in Istanbul and the Turkish capital, Ankara, according to Der Spiegel.

A recent examination of the documents provided in 2013 by Edward Snowden, a former contractor working with the agency, has revealed that NATO ally Turkey was not only a partner but also the target of a major intelligence offensive launched the U.S. spy organization, Der Spiegel claimed.

The front page of today’s MILLIYET reads: “Two-Faced Friendship,” referring to the weekly’s headline “A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey is ‘Partner and Target’ for the NSA.”

The newspaper reports, as well, that British intelligence has spied on Turkish finance minister Mehmet Simsek’s gmail account.

The U.S. intelligence agency has spied on Turkey’s Washington embassy and its U.N. representation in New York, according to the newspaper. MILLIYET added that the National Security Agency also installed a software program called Trojan at the U.N. mission, which allowed the agency to copy entire computer drives.

“Turkey is special target,” headlines VATAN. The newspaper claims that Germany, the U.S. and British intelligence services spied on Turkey as “special target.” The National Security Agency documents place Turkey at the level of Cuba in terms of the U.S. interest in intelligence collection, the newspaper claims.

POSTA headlines “Look at the friend!” The newspaper adds that “Our best friend and ally the U.S. has been spying on us for years.”

In other news, most Turkish dailies also cover news stories on Turkish intelligence service’s purchase of a lie detector.

HABERTURK reports that Turkish intelligence agency will use the detector for new or suspicious personnel as part of its measure to prevent espionage.

SABAH reports that the lie detector will also be used to identify any double agent working for Turkish intelligence.

Turkish newspapers also cover the construction of Turkey’s Eurasia Tunnel, a road link between Kazlicesme on the European side of Istanbul and Goztepe on the Asian side of city.

HABERTURK reports that the tunnel will reduce the travel time between Kazlicesme and Goztepe, which is currently around two hours, to 15 minutes.

POSTA said 3.34 kilometers (2 miles) of the 14.6-kilometer (9-mile) road link would be built underneath the Bosporus, the strait dividing Europe from Asia.

The newspaper said the price for passage through the tunnel would be around 10 TL ($4.5) for cars and around 15 TL ($7) for minibuses.

Last Mod: 01 Eylül 2014, 12:19
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