Wikileaks obtained the emails a week before last Friday’s coup by members of the Turkish military. Originally the site didn’t intend to release the emails but pushed their timeline up following the massive purges of government employees and military officials from their positions in the days after the coup.
Wikileaks has confirmed they “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.” The majority of the emails, which are dated between 2010 and as recently as this month, primarily concern Turkish relations in the world rather than internal matters.
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Though this isn’t likely to contain some of the smoking guns people are looking for, it is only part one of the document dump that includes over 700 email accounts. This dump only includes the accounts starting in letters A to I but they are all confirmed to come from akparti.org.tr; the official server of Turkey’s ruling party.
Wikileaks say some users are still having trouble accessing the database, most likely due to the fact that cyber attacks are still being carried out on the site now. The site has also asked that “Turks are ready with censorship bypassing systems such as TorBrowser and uTorrent. And that everyone else is ready to help them bypass censorship and push our links through the censorship to come.”
It is unclear whether the cyber attacks are coming directly from the Turkish government or from nationalist sympathizers of President Erdogan. Continue to follow this story here on Geopolitics Alert and we will be updating as we learn more.