More secret documents confirming vast Turkish espionage activities in Greece uncovered

More secret documents confirming vast Turkish espionage activities in Greece uncovered

Abdullah Bozkurt

More secret documents have emerged that once again confirm expanded illegal information gathering and intrusive surveillance activities in neighboring Greece by Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı, or MIT) as well as the Turkish Embassy and its consulates.

The documents lay bare the fact that hostile acts by Turkish government agents in a NATO ally’s territory continues unabated as the threat from the long arm of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s relentless pursuit of critics abroad challenges Greek national security with no sign of it disappearing any time soon.

The first document, which was stamped secret and dated March 26, 2019, makes a reference to the spy agency as the code IV institution and lists 568 people identified through the intelligence gathering efforts. The Turks targeted by MIT were alleged to have been affiliated with the Gülen movement, led by US-based Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen, an outspoken critic of the Erdoğan government on a range of issues from corruption to Turkey’s aiding and abetting of radical groups in Syria and Libya.

According to the document MIT tracked the movements of Turkish asylum seekers while they were in Greece and determined that some had left the country, confirming to which European state or country in the Americas they had travelled as a final destination after stopping in Greece. Of the people who were spied on, 288 were described as former government employees, most of whom had worked in public schools in Turkey before they were unlawfully purged from their jobs with no administrative of judicial investigation.

Three-page MIT intelligence report identifying 568 Turkish dissidents in Greece (Names were redacted by Nordic Monitor.):



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