Turkey's opposition embroiled in CIA argument

A member of Turkey's main opposition party, the CHP, has accused a fellow party member of being a CIA agent.

Turkey's opposition embroiled in CIA argument

World Bulletin / News Desk

Dilek Akagun Yilmaz, a Turkish lawmaker from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has accused Sezgin Tanrikulu, another party member, of being a CIA agent, saying that documents from Wikileaks refer to Tanrikulu with the code name TR 705.

Opposition party member Dilek Akagun Yilmaz has been disciplined by her party after accusing the Republican People’s Party deputy Sezgin Tanrikulu of being a CIA agent in a private party meeting. Refusing to apologize for her statement, Usak district MP Dilek Akagun Yilmaz criticized her party for penalizing her instead of investigating Tanrikulu.

Claiming that she did not breach any party regulations, Yilmaz said: ‘It is not acceptable that my questioning of Sezgin Tanrikulu of in a closed group meeting and my demanding of answers for his links to TR 705, the shadow CIA agent mentioned in the Statfor documents – a matter which is constantly being used against us in the press – should be deemed punishable. My penalization for a statement made in a meeting closed to the press is a breach of the party regulations and my rights to free speech as an MP within the framework of the internal directorship.’

She also went on to criticize her party for breaching of its own regulations by not investigating the Wikileaks documents, that also mention Sezgin Tanrikulu by name in a leaked message sent from the U.S. consulate in Adana to the U.S. embassy in Ankara, which refers to him as their long-term contact.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Kasım 2013, 17:38