Reports of widespread wiretapping make waves in Ankara

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been wiretapped for years.

Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan have been wiretapped for years.

ANKARA - Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, national intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and a wide range of journalists, academics, business leaders and NGO representatives, have been wiretapped for years by the police as part of different probes, Turkish media claimed Feb. 24. The reports prompted a top judicial body to open an internal investigation into the claims, but were dismissed by the prosecutor involved in the cases.

The classified files on the wiretappings were found in the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office by the new prosecutors who were assigned following mass purges in the judiciary, pro-government dailies Star and Yeni Safak claimed in separate but similar reports.

Yeni Safak reported that up to 3,064 people have been wiretapped according to the first documents found by the newly appointed prosecutors, while Star alleged that the real number is likely close to 7,000.

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