Accusing CIA makes for good material in Turkey - Graham Fuller
“I doubt very much the CIA had anything to do with this particular pathetic, ill-conceived and amateurish coup attempt” wrote Graham Fuller, former CIA officer and novelist who is now wanted in Turkey for plotting the July 2016 coup d'état attempt.
In a blog post on his personal website, Fuller detailed his relationship with Turkey, where he worked as a junior CIA officer between 1960 and 1967.
His work was known by Turkish intelligence “because I was in direct official liaison with (Turkish intelligence service) MİT” Fuller said.
After his retirement, Fuller said he had carried out research on contemporary Islamist movements, and met with U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen only once, to interview him.
Turkey blames Gülen for masterminding the coup, a claim which Gülen denies.
Fuller is known in Turkey for writing a 1999 letter of support for Gülen’s green card application in the U.S. which Fuller says he wrote as a private citizen, adding “of all Islamist movements I had encountered, (Gülen) would least likely represent a security threat in the U.S.”
Citing Turkish news reports that Fuller was in Istanbul during the coup attempt and then brought by Gülenists to Greece (citing a Turkish ruling party deputy), Fuller says he had not been to Turkey in the last five years, and that he doubted that either the CIA or Gülen was involved.
I doubt very much the CIA had anything to do with this particular pathetic, ill-conceived and amateurish coup attempt – that unfortunately cost over 250 Turkish lives – against Erdogan in July 2016. I doubt even more that Gülen was himself involved in “ordering” a coup, a view shared by many European intelligence organisations and widely within the U.S. government. (In a movement of over two million people like Hizmet, it is not inconceivable that a handful of pro-Gülen officers could have been part of the amateurish coup plot, but there are thousands of Turkish army officers who have always loathed Erdoğan for his Islamist tendencies and would willingly have supported the coup.)
By producing “fake facts” to accuse the U.S., Fuller concluded, Erdoğan is trying to put pressure on Washington over a New York trial against a former executive at Turkish state lender Halkbank, where the testimony of Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab has just claimed Erdoğan’s involvement in evading U.S. sanctions against Iran.
An anonymous Turkish businessman is offering $780,000 for information that would lead to the arrest of Fuller and former Pentagon official Michael Rubin.