It is now been confirmed that Turkey has used a Washington law firm to gather information about specific adversaries which it considered as its enemy. Ankara has also gathered information about certain U.S. residents who it believes have been supporting Mr. Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who leads a world-wide, moderate Islamic movement from exile in rural Pennsylvania.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has termed the investigation as a one against a ‘central enemy’.
Specific data was gathered on the behest of the Turkish Embassy in Washington and was later transmitted to public prosecutors in Turkey, Ankara and Istanbul, confirmed sources who have received a copy of these documents.
In his recent visit to the White House, which received harsh words of criticism from the House itself, Erdogan has specified to Trump that Turkey is going to present more evidence to prove the fact that it was indeed Gulen who was behind the 2016 attempted coup against the current President of Turkey.
Turkey, since then, has been gathering information, imprisoned more than 80,000 leading to their disappearance, torture and other heinous inhuman acts, and indulged in more than 60,000 related investigations.
In 2017, finally, the Turkish Embassy employed a Washington based law firm, Saltzman & Evinch PLLC that has since then, represented Ankara’s interests in the U.S. and continued to investigated related elements to the failed coup.
The lengthy report the firm compiled has been drawn from public databases, social media and other open-sources of information. It was then transmitted to Turkey’s Foreign and Justice ministries and from there to public prosecutors as well.
According to the U.S. officials, Turkish led US investigations have not provided enough proof to implicated Gulen’s involvement in this case. Mr. Gulen has also denied any wrong doing in this matter.
Ironically, Gulen has been a former ally of Erdogan. But fallout thirteen years later has now led Erdogan to ask for his extradition from the United States.
Gulen has been a legal resident of the U.S. since 2008. Right now, Turkey’s aggressive push to have the cleric extradited has influenced U.S. politics, and possibly taken the focus off Turkey’s selfish acts in Syria, the reason for which the House was itself stern about Trump extending an invitation to the Turkish President to the White House.
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