Wiretapping foils assassination plan targeting PM

A police intelligence officer has said that the police foiled a plot to assassinate Erdoğan after finding out about it in March 2012 through wiretapping.

Wiretapping foils assassination plan targeting PM

World Bulletin / News Desk

A police intelligence officer has said that the police foiled a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after finding out about it in March 2012 through wiretapping.

National Police Department Intelligence Unit Deputy Director Gürsel Aktepe, who briefed a commission in Parliament investigating illegal wiretapping, revealed an assassination plan against the prime minister. Responding to questions put forth by the commission's members, Aktepe said the planned assassination was prevented in March 2012 after intelligence was obtained about it via wiretapping.

According to the information Aktepe provided to the Investigation Commission for Illegal Wiretapping, an operation against an illegal ultra-leftist organization in Ankara and İstanbul was conducted in March 2012. A blueprint of the attack on the residence of Prime Minister Erdoğan was found during the search of six people's houses who were detained in the operation. The layout and maps of the houses and workplaces of people -- including politician Muharrem Şimşek, who ran for the chairmanship of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), former Justice Minister Hikmet Sami Türk and judges and prosecutors serving at the Ankara Courthouse -- were also obtained. Aktepe said in the commission that they were able to fight against terrorism thanks to steps like these.

To avoid wiretapping, do not use smartphones

The acting director of the Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), Osman Nihat Şen, who also briefed the same commission, suggested that people use ordinary mobile phones (as opposed to smartphones) to avoid illegal wiretapping. In response to the deputies' questions on how to detect illegal wiretapping, Şen said it is not possible to detect wiretapping by rustling sounds during a conversation.

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