Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar, who exposed that Turkey was supplying ISIS with weapons, was arrested by the Turkish authorities and the appeal against his arrest was rejected by an Istanbul court today.
Hurriyet Daily News recently reported that Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dundar was arrested after exposing that the Turkish government was sending supplies to ISIS. His arrest was appealed but the Daily Sabah noted that an Istanbul Court had rejected the appeal today. Dundar is being charged with providing documents regarding the security of the state, political and military espionage, releasing secret documents, and propaganda for a terrorist organization.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, Dundar denies the charges against him: “We are accused of spying. The President said our action was treason. We are not traitors, spies or heroes. We are journalists. What we have done here was an act of journalism. We have nothing to feel sorry about. These are badges of honor for us.” Dundar compares what he has uncovered in Turkey to the Watergate and Iran Contra Scandals in the US, stressing that his exposures helped to prevent Turkey from making a grave mistake: “A journalist should report the story if he sees the country is in danger.”
Dundar’s article, which JerusalemOnline had translated into English with the cooperation of Iranian human rights activist Shabnam Assadollahi and a Turkish writer, asserted that three cameras reported the existence of arms and ammunition inside trucks associated with the Turkish Intelligence Agency MIT that were in the process of being brought to Syria. Among the arms being transported from Turkey to Syria were mortar and cannon shells alongside heavy machine gun bullets. Following these revelations, initially the Turkish government had claimed that their final destination was a state secret but later on claimed that they were designated for Turkmen in Syria. The Turkmen reported that they never received such shipments. Meanwhile , after the incident, Turkish weapons were found within an ISIS stronghold in Iraq.
According to Russia Insider, US Vice President Joe Biden had stated in 2014 that ISIS is essentially being kept alive by Erdogan with “hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons.” While Biden later on apologized for this statement in order to be able to utilize Turkish bases, the report noted that Turkish Special Forces had trained ISIS terrorists in addition to Turkey supplying ISIS with weapons and purchasing ISIS oil. Bilal Erdogan, the son of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is the man who makes it possible for ISIS to sell oil and thus have a steady flow of income by signing contracts with various European companies to sell ISIS oil in Asia. In other words, Dundar exposed that Turkey is essentially the life-line keeping ISIS functional by catching Turkey in the act of supplying ISIS with weapons.
Following Dundar’s piece, Erdogan got really nervous and threatened to detain 200 people in order to suppress the story. According to Turkish whistleblower Fuat Avni, Erdogan was concerned about a trial at the International Criminal Court following it being exposed that Turkey was arming terror groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS. This is what prompted Dundar to face legal threats and to be ultimately arrested. Meanwhile, another source told JerusalemOnline that Dundar’s exposure was just the tip of the iceberg. Evidently, the CIA and Turkish MIT have been working together for a few years and there is an entire weapons storehouse in Adana where the weapons transfer was exposed by Dundar that belongs to the US Consulate.