19. januar 2014 stanset soldater nær den syriske grensen en kolonne lastebiler. De hadde fått et tips om at den fraktet våpen. Statsadvokaten ga tillatelse til ransaking. Det var ingen vanlig kolonne, men tilhørte den nasjonale sikkerhetstjenesten, MIT, som var med i en følgebil.
Til heftige protester og bannord ble bilene tatt inn og inspisert. I forseglede stålbokser fant man raketter, våpen og ammunisjon, påmerket kyrilliske tegn, dvs trolig fra Russland. Våpnene var ment for jihadister i Syria.
Det ble øyeblikkelig innført en nyhetssperre. Daværende statsminister Erdogan rykket personlig ut og sa at ingen hadde fullmakt til å stanse en kolonne fra sikkerhetstjenesten, som dessuten bare fraktet humanitær hjelp til turkmenere i Syria.
Det ble lagt lokk på saken, inntil hackere sist uke offentliggjorde hemmelige dokumenter. De viste at dette var en trafikk MIT har drevet med en god stund. Målet er å fjerne Assad uansett midler. Om det så er å støtte jihadister. At dette kan gi blowback i Tyrkia, synes ikke å bekymre.
Hva skjedde med lasten? Guvernøren i Adana dukket opp med brev fra øverste hold og påla statsadvokaten å løslate biler og mannskap omgående. Hvilket skjedde.
Senere mistet statsadvokaten jobben og soldatene er under etterforskning for spionasje.
Da hackerne offentliggjorde dokumenter i saken over twitter, ble kontoen øyeblikkelig stengt, med påfølgende sanksjoner. Der Spiegel hadde saken lørdag:
Nach der Veröffentlichung des Geheimdokuments in der Nacht auf Mittwoch ließ die Regierung alle Seiten blockieren, die darüber berichten. Ein Gericht ordnete sogar die Sperrung von Twitter und Facebook an, sollten sie entsprechende Inhalte nicht löschen. Alle Webseiten, die über den Fall berichteten, müssten geschlossen werden, urteilten die Richter. Vom türkischen Netz aus war der Twitter-Account von @LazepeM daraufhin nicht mehr erreichbar.
Alle nettsteder som rapporterte om lekkasjen, ble stengt. En dommer sørget for at twitter og facebook ville bli stengt, hvis de ikke slettet tilsvarende innhold. Alle nettsteder som forteller om hendelsen, må stenges, ifølge dommeren.
Noen spørsmål melder seg: Hvilken side står Tyrkia på? Formelt er det et NATO-land, men opptrer snarere som en fiende. Et land som hjelper al-Qaida, hva er det i stand til i forhold til Europa? Kurderne har ingen illusjoner. Hva gjør en slik sak for forholdet mellom kurdere og Tyrkia, jfr kampen om Kobane, eller Ayn al-Arab som NTB kaller byen.
Phatonreport.com har mer om den hemmelige lasten:
Secret official documents about the searching of three trucks belonging to Turkey’s national intelligence service (MIT) have been leaked online, once again corroborating suspicions that Ankara has not been playing a clean game in Syria. According to the authenticated documents, the trucks were found to be transporting missiles, mortars and anti-aircraft ammunition. The Gendarmerie General Command, which authored the reports, alleged, “The trucks were carrying weapons and supplies to the al-Qaeda terror organization.” But Turkish readers could not see the documents in the news bulletins and newspapers that shared them, because the government immediately obtained a court injunction banning all reporting about the affair.
When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was prime minister, he had said, “You cannot stop the MIT truck. You cannot search it. You don’t have the authority. These trucks were taking humanitarian assistance to Turkmens.”
Since then, Erdogan and his hand-picked new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu have repeated at every opportunity that the trucks were carrying assistance to Turkmens. Public prosecutor Aziz Takci, who had ordered the trucks to be searched, was removed from his post and 13 soldiers involved in the search were taken to court on charges of espionage. Their indictments call for prison terms of up to 20 years.
According to the documents that circulated on the Internet before the ban came into effect, this was the summary of the incident:
- On Jan. 19, 2014, after receiving a tip that three trucks were carrying weapons and explosives to al-Qaeda in Syria, the Adana Provincial Gendarmerie Command obtained search warrants.
- The Adana prosecutor called for the search and seizure of all evidence.
- Security forces stopped the trucks at the Ceyhan toll gates, where MIT personnel tried to prevent the search.
- While the trucks were being escorted to Seyhan Gendarmerie Command for an extensive search, MIT personnel accompanying the trucks in an Audi vehicle blocked the road to stop the trucks. When MIT personnel seized the keys from the trucks’ ignitions, an altercation ensued. MIT personnel instructed the truck drivers to pretend their trucks had malfunctioned and committed physical violence against gendarmerie personnel.
- The search was carried out and videotaped despite the efforts of the governor and MIT personnel to prevent it.
- Six metallic containers were found in the three trucks. In the first container, 25-30 missiles or rockets and 10-15 crates loaded with ammunition were found. In the second container, 20-25 missiles or rockets, 20-25 crates of mortar ammunition and Douchka anti-aircraft ammunition in five or six sacks were discovered. The boxes had markings in the Cyrillic alphabet.
- It was noted that the MIT personnel swore at the prosecutor and denigrated the gendarmerie soldiers doing the search, saying, “Look at those idiots. They are looking for ammunition with picks and shovels. Let someone who knows do it. Trucks are full of bombs that might explode.”
- The governor of Adana, Huseyin Avni Cos, arrived at the scene and declared, “The trucks are moving with the prime minister’s orders” and vowed not to let them be interfered with no matter what.
- With a letter of guarantee sent by the regional director of MIT, co-signed by the governor, the trucks were handed back to MIT.
- Driver Murat Kislakci said in his deposition, “This cargo was loaded into our trucks from a foreign airplane at Ankara Esenboga Airport. We are taking them to Reyhanli [on the Syrian border]. Two men [MIT personnel] in the Audi are accompanying us. At Reyhanli, we hand over the trucks to two people in the Audi. They check us into a hotel. The trucks move to cross the border. We carried similar loads several times before. We were working for the state. In Ankara, we were leaving our trucks at an MIT location. They used to tell us to come back at 7 a.m. I know the cargo belongs to MIT. We were at ease; this was an affair of state. This was the first time we collected cargo from the airport and for the first time we were allowed to stand by our trucks during the loading.”
- After accusations of espionage by the government and pro-government media, the chief of general staff ordered the military prosecutor to investigate,. On July 21, the military prosecutor declared the operation was not espionage. The same prosecutor said this incident was a military affair and should be investigated not by the public prosecutor, but the military. The civilian court did not retract its decision
Read more at USN/Al Monitor