Wikileaks website reveals emails in which sources close to Turkish president instruct on how to best conceal rockets from Israeli jets.
Ari Soffer and Matt Wanderman, 20/07/16 13:46
Hamas terrorist with domestically made M75 rocket
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A series of internal Turkish government emails released by the Wikileaks site include what appear to be instructions to Palestinian terrorists on how to conceal their rockets from Israeli airstrikes.
The “AKP Email Archive” was released by the whistleblower website in the aftermath of the attempted military coup against the rule of the Islamist AKP party and its leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan has used the coup – which was promptly quashed in a single day – to purge all state and public institutions of his rivals.
Some commentators and even world leaders have already suggested the coup – or at least the purge lists – may have been pre-planned by Erdogan as a way to get rid of his opponents. Since rising to power the Islamist leader has worked hard to consolidate his power at all costs, jailing and suing journalists, opposition figures and anyone critical of him or his party.
Wikileaks appears to be using the leak as a means of hitting back at what it sees as Erdogan’s attacks on democracy.
In one of the emails, entitled “Our missile tactics in Palestine,” a sender from Turkey – who appears to be named Osman Kastamonulu, but who uses the name of a Turkish singer as his email address – emails “firstname.lastname@example.org” to advise on how to hide rockets from Israeli jets.
The email is dated August 2014, during the war between the IDF and Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, who rained thousands of rockets on Israeli civilian population centers.
“Cover missile with carpet 3 times and cover with double glazing(no air between glazing, deaerated) there must be cylindrical and round edges and agonic missile,” the email informs in broken English. “Our target is insulating and sound-absorbing missile and it mustn’t reflect sound and electromagnetic waves back”
In other email he writes: “Our missile must be painted with light blue or grey . So, israil radars won’t find missile with electromagnetic waves and especially we must paint our missile’s corners and so, we can do insulator missile and israil radars can’t find it.”
Intriguingly, both emails were forwarded to the Turkish President’s office and the head office of the AKP party.
Until relatively recently, much of Hamas’s military leadership were in fact based in Turkey, where the Islamist AKP government provided safe refuge and support.
But the possible involvement of individuals close to the Turkish government in aiding attempts by Hamas or other terrorist groups to fire missiles onto Israeli civilians will come as an embarrassing revelation at a time when Israel and Turkey are pursuing a “reconciliation deal.”
In its message together with the first batch of emails it was releasing, Wikileaks outlined the nature of the materials it acquired, and why it chose to release them now:
Today, 11pm Anakara Time, WikiLeaks releases part one of the AKP Emails. AKP, or the Justice & Development Party, is the ruling party of Turkey and is the political force behind the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Part one of the series covers 762 mail boxes beginning with ‘A’ through to ‘I’ containing 294,548 email bodies together with many thousands of attached files. The emails come from “akparti.org.tr”, the AKP’s primary domain. The most recent was sent on July 6, 2016. The oldest dates back to 2010. It should be noted that emails associated with the domain are mostly used for dealing with the world, as opposed to the most sensitive internal matters.
The material was obtained a week before the attempted coup. However, WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government’s post-coup purges. We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state.