#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – April 10 – Turkey’s government sought parliamentary approval to boost the powers of the secret service on Thursday, Reuters reported.
An initial draft includes giving the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) more scope for eavesdropping and foreign operations, as well as greater immunity from prosecution for top agents.
The move is seen by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s critics as a bid to tighten his grip on the apparatus of state as he accuses Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet (Service) network of orchestrating a plot to unseat him.
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY – March 27 – The Telecommunications Directorate has blocked access to popular video sharing platform YouTube.
This was just hours after a leaked voice recording in which Turkey’s foreign minister, intelligence chief and a top army general are heard discussing the developments in neighbouring war-torn Syria, uploaded onto YouTube on Thursday.
In the voice recording Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler are heard discussing possible intervention into Syria and possible reactions from the world.