Whistleblowing website Wikileaks has published 294,546 emails along with thousands of attached files from 762 mail boxes from the internal server of Turkey’s ruling party Justice and Development Party (AKP)in response to Ankara government’s widespread post-coup purges.
Some 294,548 emails pertaining to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice & Development Party (AKP) were made public on Tuesday at 11:00pm Ankara time.
President Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish government had accused Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating a failed military
takeover on Friday in which at least 232 people were killed, and had called in speeches for his extradition from the United States.Turkey on Tuesday sent an official request to US government for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, who was accused by Ankara of plotting a failed military coup.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told media that Materials related to the extradition of the cleric who lives in self-imposed exile in the US state of Pennsylvania were submitted to US authorities by the Turkish government in electronic form.
Gulen had denied any involvement in the coup bid, suggesting Erdogan staged it as an excuse for a crackdown.
Around 1,400 people had also been wounded as soldiers commandeered tanks, attack helicopters and warplanes in their bid to seize power, strafing parliament and the intelligence headquarters and trying to seize the main airport and bridges in Istanbul.
Wikileaks in its release also said that the emails were obtained by it a week before the coup. “However, WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government’s post-coup purges. We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state,” the website further said.
Turkish authorities had suspended or detained close to 20,000 soldiers, police, judges and civil servants after the coup. The dismissals included 257 people from the prime minister’s office, 492 from the Religious Affairs Directorate and 100 intelligence officials.
More than 6,000 soldiers and around 1,500 others had been detained since the abortive coup. Some 8,000 police officers, including in the capital Ankara and the biggest city Istanbul, had been removed on suspicion of links to the plot.After the explosive release, Wikileaks was blocked in Turkey.