How did CIA chief pack and deliver Öcalan to MİT undersecretary?
Tonight in the February 28 (28 Şubat) documentary, a truth that only a few people have known for years is going to be revealed.
It has been talked about a lot up until now and everybody has said something.
According to some, the Israeli secret service Mossad provided enormous support and played a significant part in Öcalan’s capture.
According to others, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) brought Öcalan from Kenya in an extremely successful mission.
Neither of these is true.
First of all, the Armed Forces made almost no contribution in the capture of Öcalan. This operation was, from the beginning to the end, conducted and finalized by the National Intelligence Organization (MİT).
Starting from the planning of an attack against the villa the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader held in Rome, Italy, to his transfer from Kenya to here, every stage proceeded under MİT’s control.
A detail, the most interesting of all and one that was not known widely, will come up tonight.
It started with the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Ankara station chief asking for an appointment from the then MİT Undersecretary Şenkal Atasagun. The CIA chief extended an A4 size paper to Atasagun.
When Atasagun read what was written on the paper, he understood that the business was over.
I don’t want to spoil your pleasure tonight by explaining what was written on that paper and how the incident developed.
I suggest you watch CNN TÜRK at 9 p.m.
Ministers with best communication skills
A general disease among our politicians is that they are communication-handicapped.
No offense, but a large portion of them cannot express themselves properly, and then they blame the media.
Unfortunately, the majority of the cabinet is suffering from this disease.
They can never calculate when and how they should publicly announce topics they are responsible for. Whether they do not hire proper consultants or the consultants they have hired do not understand anything about communication, I do not know.
The fact is they are never able to express themselves. Indeed, the best way to cover up their own mistakes is to blame the media over and over again.
Still, there are very successful ones among them. If the others can learn lessons from them, our lives would be so much easier.
Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bülent Arınç comes at the top of the list. Every speech of his finds its way in the media.
European Union Minister Egemen Bağış is an exceptionally good communicator. Hüseyin Çelik, when he was in the cabinet, was one of the best communicators. He ranks at the top as the speaker of the Justice and Development Party (AKP). Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, as a matter of course, is always admirable in communication. Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay is also a favorite of the media for his good timing.
I would say the recent shining stars of the cabinet have been Environment and City Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar and Energy Minister Taner Yıldız.