Turkey has started an espionage crackdown since an audiotape was leaked onto YouTube of top officials discussing an engineered attack on Syria.
Police have arrested a journalist known to be close to the Hizmet movement of U-S-based cleric Fathullah Gulen. Police say the prominent journalist is suspected of knowing about the bugging of the conversation between top Turkish officials. Also, the prosecutor has reportedly taken measures to stop an academic and an anti-terrorism police official from leaving the country. The government of prime minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan has also filed a complaint against the editor and deputy editor of the Zaman newspaper. Erdogan accuses the cleric Gulen of running dirty slander campaign against him ahead of Sunday’s general elections. The leaked audio involved a discussion between Turkish intelligence chief, foreign minister, deputy chief of military staff and other senior officials. They discussed military operations against Syria.