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Turkish newspaper Taraf signs contract with WikiLeaks

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 3/16/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Daily Taraf has become the first Turkish partner of WikiLeaks, joining well-known publications in signing a contract to publish the site's leaked documents.

Daily Taraf has become the first Turkish partner of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, joining internationally known publications in signing a contract to publish the site’s leaked documents firsthand.

The Turkish daily was picked by WikiLeaks because it is “the bravest newspaper in Turkey,” as described by the site’s founder, Julian Assange.

Taraf will begin publishing Thursday the 11,000 documents it has received regarding Turkey from the era between 2000 and 2010.

According to chief editor Ahmet Altan’s column Wednesday, the documents feature content regarding religious leader Fethullah Gülen, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink, the alleged Ergenekon gang, the alleged coup plot codenamed “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer), the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, “conflicts between generals” and “secret negotiations of war from business circles.”

The contract between Taraf and WikiLeaks does not include money; nothing was paid between the two parties. Taraf guarantees sensitivity in editing out the names of individuals who might somehow be hurt if exposed but the identities of “people who have the power to defend themselves in an impartial legal process or by employing their political and financial power will not be redacted no matter what judicial system they answer to.”

The original documents will appear online on Taraf’s website and WikiLeaks will perform a “final check” on the stories.

The whistleblower site already has similar contracts with The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais and Der Spiegel.



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