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Turkey Demands US Explanation of Alleged Spying

FILE - Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc addresses the Turkish Parliament in Ankara in a 2013 photo.FILE - Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc addresses the Turkish Parliament in Ankara in a 2013 photo.
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FILE - Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc addresses the Turkish Parliament in Ankara in a 2013 photo.
FILE - Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc addresses the Turkish Parliament in Ankara in a 2013 photo.
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Turkey demanded an explanation Monday from the United States over allegations that it has been spying extensively on Ankara's leaders since 2006.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Turkish officials met with the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat currently in Turkey, charge d'affaires Jess Baily, about a new report in German magazine Der Spiegel saying the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ surveillance agency had eavesdropped on Turkey.

Arinc did not say what response Baily gave the officials.

The magazine said its report was based on documents leaked by fugitive former American national security contractor Edward Snowden, who worked for the U.S. spy agency and a year ago released thousands of documents to journalists spelling out details of clandestine American surveillance programs. He fled first to Hong Kong and now is living in asylum in Russia, which is refusing to extradite him to the U.S. to stand trial on espionage charges.

The Der Spiegel report contends that while the U.S. was spying on Turkey, it also worked closely to provide Ankara, a NATO ally, with extensive information about Kurdish militants fighting an insurgency for more autonomy in southeastern Turkey.

The magazine said one NSA document described Turkey as both a "partner and a target" of the U.S.

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by: Clement from: France
September 02, 2014 5:51 AM
Europe see events in Turkey far more clearly that the US. And, from here, it is obvious that Turkey has degenerated into a Muslim Brotherhood State. Turkey will implode - but not before thousands and thousands will die.


by: meanbill from: USA
September 01, 2014 8:41 PM
The WISE MAN said it;.. If the (NSA) was spying on Turkey like they spied on the (ISIL), Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, China, North Korea, Russia and Ukraine, they have absolutely no reason to worry, do they?..... because they still don't have a clue on what's going on, until they hear it on the news?.

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