Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Turkey launches wiretap investigation
A top military commander in Turkey has requested the army to investigate widespread allegations of illegal wiretapping against thousands of people.
The scandal-scarred Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Aslan Guner said in a written statement on Monday that an administrative investigation had been launched upon his request to probe the allegations, Turkey's daily the Today's Zaman reported.
“The Turkish Armed Forces does not wiretap inside the country,” Guner told reporters at a reception late Monday.

The general is accused of illegally wiretapping 2,000 people in 2007 via an Israeli device he obtained as the head of Turkey's military intelligence in a supposed effort to listen to members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK.

Guner further pointed out that the device had been purchased by the defense industry's undersecretary with the knowledge of the chief of general staff and the prime minister, and that he was not aware that it was used to wiretap ordinary Turkish citizens.


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