Aug 07 2018

Man named John wrote Turkish coup directive – pro-government newspaper

The Word document on which the “coup directive” ordering the July 15, 2016 coup attempt was written by a man named John, the pro-government newspaper Yeni Şafak said on Tuesday.

Prominent men with the name John in Turkey at the time included former U.S. ambassador John Bass and then-İncirlik military base commander John Walker, it said.

The document, created by a Word user named John on July 7 and last altered at 10.45 p.m. on the night of the attempt, was sent by the Turkish military internal document distribution system and was discovered by investigators in the mailbox of NCO Hüseyin Ömür, an aide to General Mehmet Partigöç, the head of military human resources and a name implicated in the coup attempt.

The document represented new proof of the United States’ relationship to the coup attempt despite its protestations that it was on the side of democracy, the newspaper said.

Due to the level of military knowledge displayed in the document, it was likely that the document’s author was Walker, it said.

This leaves open the question of whether Walker would have been able to write such a document in Turkish or whether he would have used his personal computer for such a top-secret mission.

All men named John who were in Turkey at the time of the coup attempt were now being investigated, the article said.

A recent period of rocky relations between the United States and Turkey have seen the U.S. imposing sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

After Turkey responded by putting sanctions of its own on two U.S. cabinet members, the United States indicated it would end a preferential trade deal with Turkey.

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