Der Spiegel: Turkish consulate officials involved in spying activities not only in Germany


Date posted: February 18, 2017

Turkish consulate officials have spied on the critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan not only in Germany but also in other countries including Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

In its recent issue published on Saturday, Der Spiegel released an inclusive research about Turkey’s recent profiling activities across the Europe.

“The espionage agents around the Turkish religious authorities go beyond Germany,” the article read adding that “not only were the names of persons transmitted” but also activities by the Gülen movement-affiliated schools, day-care centers, cultural and student associations reported to Turkey.

The magazine said Turkish embassy or consulate workers spy on the followers of the Gülen movement in many other European countries such as Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Turkish government pinned the blame for the July 15 coup attempt on the Gülen movement and detained more than 90,000 movement supporters while arresting 45,000 over links to it.

A leaked document, dated Sept. 20, 2016, said that the Turkey’s religious directorate Diyanet asked Turkish missions and religious representatives abroad to profile Gülen movement expatriates living in their respective countries.

Peter Pilz, an Austrian opposition lawmaker claimed last week that Turkey has also been operating an informer network via its embassy in Vienna that targets Erdoğan critics.

Meanwhile, an official from an education trade union, GEW (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft) told German media last week that Turkish consulates in Germany have been organizing events for Turkish parents and asking them to spy on Erdoğan’s critics and Turkey at German schools.

Source: Turkey Purge , February 18, 2017


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