WikiLeaks Releases Turkish Government Emails in Response to Post-Coup Purges

WikiLeaks has released the first portion of the emails by Turkey’s ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party): 294,548 emails, including thousands of attached files spanning an interval from 2010 to the most recent, dated July 6, 2016.

The material had been obtained a week before the recently attempted coup, and released in response to the government’s sweeping post-coup purges, where legal officials and judges make up half of the detained 6,000 while the Erdogan government is also considering the reintroduction of the death penalty, drafting a bill that would call for the execution of the rebel soldiers.

The whistle-blowing organization has said that the emails belong to the primary email domain of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP Party, dealing mostly with foreign and world affairs, and don’t address sensitive internal matters.

True to its word, the leaks seem to be littered with spam and irrelevant subscriptions and updates, but among other things, the documents seem to reveal a joint US-Turkish-KRG plan against the PKK dated in 2010, and the hiding of missiles going into Palestine as to bypass Israeli radars,  (the authenticity of which has not yet been confirmed).

Following the announcement, WikiLeaks infrastructure has come under orchestrated “sustained attack”, the origin and timing of which suggests the perpetrator to be a Turkish state actor or associated allied faction, Wikileaks has claimed.

After the release of the leaks, Turkey has today taken measures to block the WikiLeaks site nationwide, citing the protection of parliament members’ personal information as the reason.

WikiLeaks has said in response: “We ask that Turks be ready with censorship bypassing systems such as TorBrowser and uTorrent, and that everyone else is ready to help us bypass censorship and push our links through the censorship to come.”

 

Martin Banov

Based in the Negev, Israel. Specializing in Continental Philosophy with keen interest in Political Theory, particularly as it regards the dynamics of the Middle East region.