New finding reveals Gülenist forgery in major trials
by Merve Aydoğan
ANKARAMar 16, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
Mar 16, 2015 12:00 am
Recent findings by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology has revealed that employees of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) linked to the Gülen Movement have modified hard disk and CD evidence in accordance with Gülenist infiltrators within the state apparatus. The members of the Gülen Movement who infiltrated Turkey's top science center prepared evidence for cases such as the Ergenekon and Balyoz trials in a way that would change the course of the trials. According to the Turkish newspaper Star, authorities from the ministry said that they have identified eight individuals and dismissed them from their duties.
An official from the ministry further indicated that the recent findings revealed that all hard disk and CD evidence required for a number of crucial trials were illegally copied. In early 2014, TÜBITAK, which is a semi-autonomous institution that stores information crucial to national security, was infiltrated by hundreds of people linked to the Gülen Movement who were employed there. It was discovered that those who held important positions in the institution allegedly wiretapped encrypted phones by using a software program at the center. Furthermore, the infiltration threatened the confidentiality of the most crucial military and intelligence data through the movement's access to software obtained from the U.S. and Israel, resulting in the National Security Council characterizing the Gülen Movement as a threat to national security.
While TÜBITAK has dismissed the eight Gülen Movement-linked individuals from their positions, the institution cannot conduct an investigation into them, as the law requires similar institutions to confirm TÜBITAK's findings. However, officials said: "When the evidence reports related to crucial trials such as Ergenkon and Balyoz trials were reviewed, it revealed the report that was prepared and the hard disk and CD evidence was not in accordance with each other."
The Gülen Movement is a transnational movement accused of wiretapping government officials, encrypted phones and infiltrating state institutions with the alleged aim of overthrowing the government. It has private schools in over 160 countries, including the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa, and has faced scrutiny in countries including Russia, Azerbaijan, Germany and the U.S.