Viewing cable 10STATE6451, C) REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON TURKISH DEPUTY
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|10STATE6451||2010-01-22 13:01||2010-11-28 18:06||CONFIDENTIAL||Secretary of State|
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C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 006451 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/22/2035 TAGS: PINR TU SUBJECT: (C) REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON TURKISH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER BULENT ARINC ASSASSINATION PLOT (C-RE9-02710) Classified By: ELISSA G. PITTERLE, DIRECTOR, INR/OPS ¶1. (SBU) WASHINGTON ANALYSTS ARE CLOSELY MONITORING CIVIL/MILITARY TENSIONS IN TURKEY THAT HAVE BEEN BUILDING DURING THE TWO-YEAR ERGENEKON INVESTIGATION. TURKISH GENERAL STAFF (TGS) CHIEF OF DEFENSE ILKER BASBUG, IN A 17 DECEMBER SPEECH, WARNED THE GOVERNMENT, JOURNALISTS, AND JUDICIAL OFFICIALS AGAINST PURSUING INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST SENIOR OFFICERS. TWO DAYS LATER, POLICE DETAINED TWO MILITARY OFFICERS OUTSIDE THE HOME OF DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER BULENT ARINC, WHERE THEY WERE ENGAGED IN APPARENT SURVEILLANCE ACTIVITIES, LEADING TO THE FIRST POLICE SEARCHES OF SPECIAL FORCES OFFICES AND FURTHER DETENTIONS OF MILITARY OFFICERS. ¶2. (SBU) WE WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE INFORMATION ON THIS SURVEILLANCE, SUBSEQUENT POLICE SEARCHES, DETENTIONS OF MILITARY OFFICERS, THE STATE OF MILITARY/POLICE AND CIVIL/MILITARY RELATIONS, AND PERCEPTIONS OF THOSE RELATIONSHIPS THAT POST CAN PROVIDE, AS TIME AND RESOURCES PERMIT. THIS INFORMATION WILL BE USED FOR UPCOMING ANALYTICAL PRODUCTION TO KEEP POLICYMAKERS ABREAST OF THE SITUATION. ¶A. (SBU) WHY WAS ARINC BEING SURVEILLED? WHO AUTHORIZED THIS SURVEILLANCE? WHO ELSE KNEW ABOUT IT? WHAT OR WHO TIPPED OFF POLICE? DURING THE SEARCH WHAT WERE THEY LOOKING FOR AND WHAT DID THEY FIND? WERE THE INVESTIGATORS LOOKING FOR SPECIFIC EVIDENCE OR WAS IT A GENERAL SEARCH FOR INFORMATION? HOW DO TURKISH LEADERS PERCEIVE THESE EVENTS? ¶B. (SBU) WHAT IS THE STATE OF CIVIL/MILITARY RELATIONS? ¶C. (SBU) WHAT IS THE STATE OF MILITARY/POLICE RELATIONS? HAVE THESE ARRESTS CAUSED OR INCREASED TENSIONS BETWEEN POLICE AND THE MILITARY? ¶D. (SBU) DOES THE JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT PARTY, OR ELEMENTS WITHIN IT, SEE THIS INCIDENT AS A MEANS TO FINALLY "TAME" THE TGS OR DOES PRIME MINISTER TAYYIP ERDOGAN WISH TO EASE FURTHER CONFRONTATION AND APPEASE THE TGS? ¶3. (U) PLEASE CITE C-RE9-02710 IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF REPORTING IN RESPONSE TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS. CLINTON