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Turkish intelligence agency seeks 'the mole within'

ISTANBUL - Daily News with Radikal | 4/4/2011 12:00:00 AM |

The National Intelligence Organization, or MİT, has started an internal investigation on the leak of secret documents found in an Ergenekon raid in February.

Turkish intelligence agency seeks ‘the mole within’

Istanbul: Daily News with Radikal

The National Intelligence Organization, or MİT, has started an internal investigation on the leak of secret documents found in an Ergenekon raid in February.

Istanbul police searched the offices of ultranationalist news portal Oda TV and confiscated MİT-originated documents from the premises. MİT member Kaşif Kozinoğlu was arrested after the raid and accused of giving secret documents to the portal. Kozinoğlu has denied the accusations, claiming he had never heard of Oda TV before the raid made the news.

Kozinoğlu is accused of “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” and damaging, stealing and misusing documents regarding national security.

The documents, all in electronic format, were found in a computer at the Oda TV office in a folder titled “KOZİNOGLU 3.” They include data on “The West Working Group,” an alleged would-be junta within the military active in the ’90s, religious leader Fethullah Gülen, politician and businessman Cüneyt Zapsu and Abdülkadir Aygan, a former operative of both the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and the alleged gendarmerie intelligence unit JİTEM.

Ergenekon is an alleged ultranationalist, shadowy gang accused of planning to topple the government by staging a coup initially by spreading chaos and mayhem. It is allegedly an extension of the “deep state,” an unofficial organization within the state that operated above the elected governments since the Cold War.

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