Turkey's AKP mulls legan action, Israel denies links with WikiLeaks



Turkey's AKP mulls legan action, Israel denies links with WikiLeaks
Turkey's ruling party is preparing a legal action against leaked US cables as Israel denied any connection to whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Thursday, 02 December 2010 18:15

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey's ruling party is preparing a possible legal action against leaked US cables as Israel denied any connection to whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

A written statement released by the Israeli Embassy in Ankara sought to deny claims made by Turkish authorities that Israel might be behind the recently leaked correspondence between the US and its diplomats around the world as confidential documents released by the whistleblower did not include anything about Israel. Israel's statement did not include any further details.

Also on Thursday, Interior Minister Beşir Atalay said, that Israel seemed to be the single country in whose favor the WikiLeaks revelations appeared to be. “Israel seems to be the only country in the Middle East which is not mentioned in the WikiLeaks documents. It also seems to be the only country in whose favor the documents came out,” he said, and added that he met the revelations with “surprise” because they mostly consisted of rumors.

Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Deputy Chairman Hüseyin Çelik also pointed on Wednesday to Israel as the party behind the WikiLeaks exposure. “We need to check which country is happy about the leaks. Israel looks very happy,” he said.

Legal action

Also, AK Party parliamentary group Deputy Chairman Bekir Bozdağ vowed to take legal action against the accusations included in the WikiLeaks documents.

One of the most serious allegations included in the documents is that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan owns eight secret Swiss bank accounts. The prime minister vehemently denied the allegations on Wednesday and vowed to take legal action against its source -- the US diplomat who mentioned the claim in cables sent to Washington.

“We are looking into [the possibility of] a lawsuit being filed in international court or in a local one. We are deciding against who to file lawsuits. As a result of our preparations, we will use the law to seek redress for the allegations. We have no reservation about taking legal action against the sources of the leaked documents. We will file lawsuits against all people who are responsible,” Bozdağ stated.

However, Bozdağ refused to clearly indicate Israel as being behind the WikiLeaks revelations. “I do not believe in conspiracy theories. But I said it a few days ago. There are documents about many capitals in the Middle East. Maybe documents will also emerge about Israel. Not all documents have been published yet,” he noted.

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