Wiretapping thousands 'unacceptable': Turkey's comms minister

Saturday, March 08, 2014

"In the case of an element of crime, one or several people can be legally wiretapped. But wiretapping thousands of people is impossible for us to accept."

KARAMAN - Intercepting the phone calls of several people or groups can be legitimate but wiretapping thousands cannot, Turkey`s Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan said Saturday.

During a visit to the southern province of Karaman to support the ruling AK Party’s local election campaign, Elvan commented on an internal investigation into the country’s wiretapping scandal being conducted by the national telecommunications authority.

"In the case of an element of crime, one or several people can be legally wiretapped; we can understand that. But, wiretapping thousands of people, it is impossible for us to accept," he said.

Elvan also noted that the wiretapping activities peaked before 2014: "There has been a serious decrease in wiretapping cases in 2014."

Wiretapping stories have dominated Turkey`s media since February this year, when a series of recordings featuring Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to a number of high-profile figures surfaced across social media networks.

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