Abducted Turkish intelligence agents shared classified information with the PKK - report
The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said captured Turkish intelligence agents had shared important information about the government that the armed separatist group would soon share with public, the leftist news site Artı Gerçek said.
The news site quoted Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) co-chairs Cemil Bayık and Bese Hozat as saying that the Turkish intelligence agency (MİT) personnel workers captured in northern Iraq in September were from the agency’s inner circle and that the information obtained would clarify the truth about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and MİT head Hakan Fidan.
The KCK, an umbrella organisation including the PKK, which has been fighting Turkey intermittently since 1984, seeks autonomy for the Kurdish minorities of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.
“Why do Erdoğan, Bahçeli and Hakan Fidan give this much importance to the psychological and private war? Why are they trying to deceive domestic and foreign public opinion? These questions will find their answers,” Bayık was quoted as saying. Devlet Bahçeli is the head of a far-right Turkish party that has allied itself to Erdoğan’s party.
“They said that the PKK was going to be ended in the Spring of 2017. Supposedly they were going to carry out a big war and get results, but they got a severe blow in this war. They especially lost in the intelligence war,” Bayık said.
Opposition politicians had been critical of the government for allowing the agents to be captured.
“MİT, which brought (KCK leader) Abdullah Öcalan (to Turkey) 16 years ago, allowed four MİT department heads to be captured by the terrorist organisation.” Republican People's Party (CHP) İzmir MP Tuncay Özkan said during a parliament meeting on Sept. 12, Birgün newspaper said.
“How were these people captured? We want to learn with which aim MİT went for an operation. What was the mistake of MİT so that it is in this situation?”
“Why did they give themselves the authorisation to barter (hostages)?” Özkan asked. “For the department heads abducted by PKK?”