CATF Reports Jul. 26, 2016, 1:51pm


Earlier last week, WikiLeaks, the internet’s most notorious whistleblower, stated its plans to release hundreds of thousands of emails from Turkey’s ruling political party. On Wednesday, July 20th, it delivered, releasing over 300,000 AKP emails, noting that the emails are ones used for dealing with the world rather than internal matters. They also indicated that these emails and their thousands of attached files were not delivered by anyone tied in any way to the attempted coup, as it was obtained a week prior to it, but would both help and harm the AKP. The most recent emails within the release are dated July 6th, 2016 and the earliest dating back to 2010. Shortly after the emails were published online, Turkey blocked access to the entire WikiLeaks site. Though the contents of these emails are still being reviewed, Israeli media has already released incriminating information discovered in the emails. It stated that sources close to the Turkish president sent detailed instructions on how to conceal rockets from Israeli airstrikes to what appear to be Palestinian terrorists in an email entitled “Our missile tactics in Palestine” dating back to August 2014.

The restriction of WikiLeaks didn’t come as a surprise, as the Turkish government has previously cracked down on the media and web in the midst of political opposition or unrest. Days after Erdogan secured his position in power amidst the failed July 15th coup, the government has come down hard with the roundup of over 50,000 individuals in what is being referred to as a purge. These individuals seemingly include anyone suspicions of disloyalty to the government, from teachers and academics to members of the media. Over 15,000 teachers were suspended in the past week, 1,500 university deans were requested to resign their post, and over 10,000 with government positions had been sacked. It continues into the arrests of over 6,000 military personnel, dismissal of nearly 9,000 police officers, and the suspension of over 3,000 judges. Furthermore, a ban on travel has been placed on academics citing the fact that it is a temporary measure to prevent accomplices of coup plotters prone to flight risk. Additionally, Erdogan declared Turkey under a state of emergency for 3 months and his plans to continue the cleansing to rid Turkey of its internal virus.

The latest occurrences in Turkey have raised red flags in the international community, especially with regards to its border vulnerability in the fight against terrorist groups such as ISIL and al-Nusra. Furthermore, one of the most important U.S. air bases for the war on terror lies in Turkey. The Incirlik Air Base is used for launching airstrikes in Syria, as well as shipping resources to other bases. Such instability within the Turkish government and civil unrest in the country threaten further destabilization in the region, especially as a country that has been known to host terrorists.

From Reuter’s: “Turkey blocks access to WikiLeaks after ruling party email dump”

“Turkey has blocked access to the WikiLeaks website, the telecoms watchdog said on Wednesday, hours after it leaked thousands of ruling party emails just as Ankara grapples with the aftermath of a failed military coup….

WikiLeaks on Tuesday released nearly 300,000 emails from the AK Party dating from 2010 to July 6 this year. Obtained before the attempted coup, the date of their publication was brought forward "in response to the government's post-coup purges", WikiLeaks said on its website…

Turkey's Telecommunications Communications Board said on Wednesday that an "administrative measure" had been taken against the website - the term it commonly uses when blocking access to sites.”

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