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WikiLeaks Releases 300K Turkey Government Emails In Response To Erdogan's Post-Coup Purges ( 231

An anonymous reader quotes a report from RT: Despite a massive cyberattack on its website, WikiLeaks has published the first batch of nearly 300,000 emails from the Turkish ruling AKP party's internal server and thousands of attached files in response to the Ankara government's widespread post-coup purges. Some 294,548 emails pertaining to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) were made public on Tuesday at 11:00pm Ankara time. WikiLeaks says that the release of almost 300,000 email bodies together with several thousand attached files, is just part one in the series and encompasses 762 mailboxes beginning with 'A' through to 'I.' All emails are attributed to "," the primary domain of the main political force in the country, and cover a period from 2010 up until July 6, 2016, just a week before the failed military coup. The NGO also revealed that one of the emails contained an Excel database of the cell phone numbers of AKP deputies. Prior to the release WikiLeaks suffered a "sustained attack" as it warned that Turkish government entities might try to interfere with the publication of the AKP material. The attacks are still continuing and users are experiencing difficulties in accessing the material. WikiLeaks reassured the public that they are "winning" the battle. A few hours after the release, WikiLeaks tweeted a screenshot showing the database to be blocked in Turkey, claiming that Ankara "ordered [the release] to be blocked nationwide." More than 200 people have died and over 1,400 injured from the attempted coup. Thousands of people have also been detained and/or lost their posts across the judiciary, military, interior ministry and civil service sectors. The Turkish president Erdogan is blaming the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the attempted coup.
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WikiLeaks Releases 300K Turkey Government Emails In Response To Erdogan's Post-Coup Purges

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 19, 2016 @11:47PM (#52545381)

    There are emails showing that the President made this coup happen in order to weed out rebels and to strengthen his power?

    • by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2016 @12:04AM (#52545425) Journal


    • Nothing. Erdogan will say it's fake and his loyal followers will believe it.

      Those who don't believe are traitors and will be dealt with accordingly.

    • It is already blatantly obvious that there has at the very least been some sort of expectation of this, and the people cheer and celebrate the wannabe dictator anyway. You think that knowing that he staged the coup would change anything?

  • "Democracy" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Empiric ( 675968 ) on Tuesday July 19, 2016 @11:48PM (#52545385)
    Fascism is fascism, even when the fascist got the most votes.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by whoever57 ( 658626 )

      Don't forget that Hitler was initially democratically elected to his position.

      Erdogan is clearly following Putin's play book. After terming-out as Prime Minister, gets elected to a mostly ceremonial position (President) and then turn that position into something like dictator for life.

      Why are judges being arrested? Clearly, Erdogan is using this situation to get rid of many opponents.

      • Re:"Democracy" (Score:5, Informative)

        by bloodhawk ( 813939 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2016 @12:43AM (#52545521)
        Hitler wasn't actually democratically elected, he took power after elections and never won an election himself.
        • by johanw ( 1001493 )

          And Erdogan has already mentioned Hitler as an example to be admired...

        • *sigh* He didn't need to be. In a parliamentary government, the leader of the majority party wields considerable power and influence. The Nazi Party was democratically elected and became the largest party in the Reichstag.

          • *sigh* He didn't need to be. In a parliamentary government, the leader of the majority party wields considerable power and influence. The Nazi Party was democratically elected and became the largest party in the Reichstag.

            Yeah, and that's why Hitler became Reichschancelor after the mid 1932 elections, where the NSDAP first became the largest party. No, wait, he didn't.

            No, in a proportional representativeparliamentary government, the leader of the largest coalition party wields considerable power and influence. Which doesn't have to be the party with the most votes.

        • Well, he did win the last halfway democratic elections [] in Germany. What you probably are thinking of are the "elections" held half a year later that were at best a show event.

          But technically, yes, he was elected.

          • Well, he did win the last halfway democratic elections [] in Germany.

            Cough - "To further ensure a Nazi majority in the vote, Nazi organizations "monitored" the vote process. In Prussia 50,000 members of the SS, SA and Stahlhelm were ordered to monitor the votes as so-called deputy sheriffs or auxiliary police ", Meanwhile all MPs from the third largest party were in jail.

            You call that halfway democratic? Heck, even Erdogan and Putin aren't that "halfway" democratic yet.

        • Who never won an election? Remember Hitler was not a president and most of the world does not vote for a figurehead. His party most definitely did win an election, and even after he was leader there were several key democratic processes he won, e.g. Austria joining Germany was won with a 99% majority, and Hitler was the primary campaigner.

          Let's not pretend that Hitler didn't have the overwhelming support of the population just because he wasn't elected as a president in an American style system.

          • Any time you have a vote and 99% of the population agrees on any issue I guarantee you there's massive vote fraud taking place.

            You could take a referendum on whether every U.S. citizen should get a free car and blowjob and you wouldn't get 99% voting yes.

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Don't forget that Hitler was initially democratically elected to his position.

        No he wasn't. That's an urban myth.

        He was beaten by Hindenburg when he ran as president and the nazi party was never able to gather more than a third of votes in any free elections.

        Even in the elections of 1933, held under SA terror after the Reichstag Fire decree, the nazi weren't able to form a majority in the parliament. His actual 'position' as fuehrer and the whole nazi rule was based on a continuous 'state of emergenc

    • by Megol ( 3135005 )

      Dictatorship doesn't automatically imply fascism, still it's a better link than the standard use as "something I don't agree with".

      PS Nazism isn't fascism either - just inspired by it.

  • coup? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by superwiz ( 655733 )

    Despite the fact that this is how it is reported, it's somewhat misleading to call it a coup. While it's extra legal, it's been reported that the Turkish constitution puts military in charge of being the last-ditch effort of dissolving and reforming the government if the government goes too far in making Turkey a non-secular state. Given that the current President of Turkey belongs to the party which officially started out as an Islamist party, but then de jour (albeit not necessarily de facto) abandoned

  • Ironic (Score:4, Insightful)

    by MrKaos ( 858439 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2016 @01:01AM (#52545567) Journal

    That RT has become a major source of news that you can't get on most major news channels.

    • Re:Ironic (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 20, 2016 @03:09AM (#52545825)

      It's just the other half of the propaganda puzzle. Ever since 2013 update to the NDAA the US government was allowed, after a 64 year ban, to perform propaganda operations against it's own citizens. So now, even more than before, the news inside the US can't be trusted. What you're seeing is Putin's operations... they cover what works for them. What works for them is often exactly the opposite of what works for the US government... as a results RT seems to have many stories that you don't see if most of your other news sources come from the US or it's allies.

      A prized nugget for the Soviets and the Russians has always been the racial divide in the United States. Over the last two days US sources have had numerous stories about police departments having cook outs and such trying to engage with the community, the black community specifically, trying to end the wave of divisive violence. You won't see one mention of that on RT. You will see that RT did immediately cover the shooting targeting officers in New York. Anything remotely on their message gets sensationalized.

      US domestic news sources continue to plug the headline of the thwarted coup in Turkey. He's their man, and Russia hates him. US news keeps repeating the US narrative. It's not Putin's narrative, so RT was a great source for news and footage of the riot police indiscriminately firing on citizens.

      They're all lying to us. Your only options are to listen to it all and try and merge it into a cohesive logical picture... or just check out and listen to none of them. Both equally sound choices that should yield equally ineffective results. What ever their agendas, there's just too much disinformation to ever really sort it out.

    • That RT has become a major source of news that you can't get on most major news channels.

      I'll leave it to the reader to decide what, if any, value RT has by providing the following link. It has "highlights" of their coverage of the situation in Ukraine 2 years ago. []

  • RIP Turkey (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2016 @02:51AM (#52545783)
    Turkey has turned it's back on Ataturk's dream of a modern secular state, and is destined to become yet another muzzy hell-hole.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    What has to cement the Turkish Islamic empire the most is the unbridled purification of the court. The media were already restrained (internet, prohibition of AV media, nationalization of newspapers and conglomerates, government control of the news, persecution of journalists and bloggers, intimidation of foreign correspondents). The purpose of this internal putsch was the abolishment of the separation of powers. 542 administrative judges detained 2,204 prosecuted. 48 members of the State Council, two memb
  • by ArgonautThief ( 2611499 ) on Wednesday July 20, 2016 @08:53AM (#52546689)

    It is a disgrace that this country remains a NATO member and has candidature for the EU. Not that those two organisations are a shining light of moral rectitude but regardless....

    • I'm sure that EU was hoping that dangling the membership carrot (e.g. billions of Euros coming their way) would pacify Erdogan, in the sense to keep things at least looking civil from the outside. Erdogan knows how to game the politically-correct, pacifist Europeans perfectly. You can see that with the "refugees" (actually pawns in a huge political game) deal. Heaps and heaps of Euros coming his way, and a one-for-one swap of refugees (i.e. zero-sum). Erdogan has also taken control of the selection process
    • The main reason Turkey is a NATO member is its position and its control of the Bosporus Strait, which pretty much kept the Russian Black Sea fleet contained.

      With Russia no longer being an issue, at best it's now the entry point to the daesh controlled areas. And we can get there via other ways, no need to keep that albatross around the neck.

  • 300k emails is just the size of my 'Junk mail' folder...

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!