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55 illegal wiretapping operations carried on Erdogan's phones

January 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Investigations conducted by the Turkish authorities found that 31 encrypted phones which belong to senior state officials were illegally wiretapped 363 times.

Number of wiretapping operations by official:

  • President Erdogan: 55
  • Prime Minister Davutoglu: 26
  • Chief of Staff Necdet Ozel: 28
  • Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan: 31
  • Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc: 5
  • Interior Minister Efkan Ala: 6
  • Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz: 14
  • Intelligence Director Hakan Fidan: 28

The telephones belonged to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was prime minister, and the current Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, when he was a foreign minister.

Prosecutor Aaron Gilan began investigations into illegal wiretapping, which affected encrypted and regular phones. The investigations indicated that the wiretapping operations intensified in the period between 17-25 December, 2013.

The Turkish authorities began, on Tuesday morning, a security operation, on the background of wiretapping on encrypted and unencrypted phones, where the public prosecutor, in Gul Bashih in Ankara, issued orders to arrest 28 suspects including 22 employees of the Turkish Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), and six employees of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).