Now that WikiLeaks has started publishing email conversations between Stratfor employees, a private company dedicated to collecting intelligence, Turks have come face-to-face with the reality of how Westerners in the country collect information.
The Wikileaks cables on Turkey have shown that American diplomats understood far more about Turkey under the AKP (Justice and Development Party) than was previously thought. Their reports are in places remarkably perspicacious, yet again and again, they contain obvious analytic missteps. In particular, the authors tend to make important observations and then fail either to ask the obvious next question or draw from it the obvious conclusion.
A senior official in Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government blamed Israel for the Wikileaks release, saying on Wednesday that Israel wanted to use the documents to put pressure on Turkey, Turkish daily Huriyyet reported.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey says a US diplomat who reported claims in a State Department memo that he has Swiss bank accounts should be punished for making a false allegation. Erdogan said Wednesday he was willing to resign if Turkey's opposition can prove the memo was accurate.
Iran used the Iranian Red Crescent (IRC) to smuggle agents and weapons into other countries. The IRC facilitated the entry of Qods force officers to Lebanon during the Israel-Hezbollah war in summer 2006. IRC shipments of medical supplies served also to facilitate weapons shipments.