In Leaked Doc, Germany Accuses Erdogan Of Supporting And Financing Terrorist Groups

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While it will come as no surprise to readers of this site, which last year first revealed that Turkey was a key financial backer of the Islamic State, exchanging ISIS oil for cold, hard (USD) cash, it now appears that the Germans have finally caught up, after a leaked internal government document accused the Turkish government of supporting terrorist organizations such as Hamas, public broadcaster ARD reported yesterday. The leaked report, which just a year ago would have been called, what else - a tinfoil conspiracy theory - states the German government’s belief that Ankara has been deliberately financing Islamist and terror organizations with the direct consent of President Recep Erdogan.

The document written by the Interior Ministry was a confidential answer to a question posed by Die Linke (the Left Party) in the German parliament (Bundestag). “The numerous affirmations of solidarity and support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, for Hamas and for armed Islamist opposition groups in Syria by the ruling AKP party and president Erdogan underscore their ideological affinity to their Muslim brothers,” the document states, cited by The Local.

Ankara has repeatedly denied it delivers weapons to Islamist militants in Syria, even though we have shown on various occasions that weapons and supplies destined for ISIS do cross Turkey. But it has a very different attitude to Hamas as that of western states, viewing the group as a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

According to Spiegel this is the first time the German government has publicly accused Turkey of having links to Hamas and other Islamist militant groups. The document also reportedly claims that Ankara has recently deepened its links with these groups.

As a result of the step-by-step Islamization of its foreign and domestic policy since 2011, Turkey has become the central platform for action by Islamist groups in the Middle East,” the document states, according to ARD.

Relations between Germany and Turkey have soured markedly in recent months after the Bundestag ratified a proposal to recognize the massacres of Armenians by Turkish Ottoman troops in 1915-16 as genocide. German authorities also recently barred Erdogan from talking via video link to supporters at a rally in Cologne where thousands took to the streets to support the Turkish president after a failed coup in July.

At first sight, it does not appear that the German government intended to use this classified document as a means of embarrassing Ankara. The document stated that a public response to Die Linke's question was not possible “for the welfare of the state.” It is also not clear to what extent the response had been agreed with the Foreign Ministry.

Germany views Turkey as an “important partner” in fighting terrorism, including by Islamic State, and the refugee accord remains valid and “sensible,” Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s chief spokesman, told reporters in Berlin. He declined to comment on the substance of the leaked report.

However, by then the damage had been done, and with the leaking of this critical report, Ankara has been badly "embarrassed."  As a result, overnight Turkey’s government slammed the leaked report, increasing the risk of renewed tension between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry - which so far had mostly lashed out against the US for harboring alleged coup mastermind Fethulah Gullen - said that the German government’s internal assessment is a "new indication of a twisted mentality that attempts to wear out our country by targeting our president and the government." It blamed unnamed politicians in Germany for applying “double standards” on countries’ commitment to fighting terrorism.

Needless to say, engaging in a war of words with both the US and Germany at the same time, is extremely foolhardy for even the most hardened dictator, unless they truly do have all the leverage, or some trump card up their sleeve the general public is unaware of.

This leak is the the latest scandal between the two countries after Turkey pledged in March to halt the flow of refugees from the Middle East to Europe under an accord with the EU that was championed by Merkel. Turkey, now grappling with upheaval after an attempted military coup against Erdogan in July, has said it will scrap the deal if isn’t granted visa waivers for its citizens traveling to the EU, Bloomberg adds.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble defended the refugee accord at an election rally late Tuesday. “I don’t like at all what Mr. Erdogan is doing, but I’m not in favor” of ending EU-Turkish cooperation on refugees, Schaeuble said in the port city of Rostock. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been cautious in his criticism of Turkey ever since the EU signed a refugee deal with Turkey in March, which has contributed to massively reducing the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany since a high point at the end of last year.

Which is also why we find it so odd that Germany would "leak" a report whose potential destructive power on such a critical diplomatic issue, is so vast. Unless, of course, the leak was premeditated, and designed to force Erdogan to do something "irrational", like for example unleashing another 1-2 million refugees in Germany's general direction, which would have a far more destabilizing effect on German society than Grexit and Brexit combined. And with Putin now at his back, Erdogan just may do that.

The only question we have: why is Germany implicitly encouraging this and, of course, what does George Soros stand to gain from all of this?

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svayambhu108's picture

All this moves are to keep us in place:

A man holds a bag of mice, someone asks:

- Why do you keep on shaking it?

- So they keep fighting each other and don't start to chew it and break it

crazzziecanuck's picture

We (the West) are our own greatest threat to western civilization.  If we weren't so filled with our paternalistic need to reshape the world, I'd doubt there'd be many problems in the Middle East (or elsewhere).

HopefulCynic's picture

Ahh yes the LIBERAL agenda. 

Seek_Truth's picture

Look, it's all part of the Globalist's plan:

Compare to what the Hollywood zionists projected:

PS- Compare what they project, vs what happens shortly thereafter. There's your answer.

PPS- Know your enemy.

Greed is King's picture

Turkey has always been the enemy of Western civilisation, it tried for centuries to conquer Europe, nothing has changed, apart from Europes leaders, today`s leadership is stupid and PC brainwashed and the puppets of global wide financiers who care nothing of the people of Europe and have absolutely no sense of patriotism, a rich and greedy elite whose only concern is how to make more and more money no matter the cost to humanity.

HedgeJunkie's picture

For fucks sakes!

We've read Zero Hedge defining the US as the creator, fundor, trainer, armorer, re-armorer, re-re-armorer, hail mary armorer, holy shit armorer, and interferrer of Russian attacks against the Obama, Hillary, McCain ISIS Frankenstein Monster since 2013.  With links and proofs attached.

None of which has even been covered by our first amendment protected 'press'.  Nor has any hay been made from our 'press' over our Ukrainian 'Ambastard' Victoria Nuland of the "Fuck the EU" fame (also not covered in our 'press'), but plainly described in Zero Hedge back in 2012 during the Maidan Revolution.

There's a new crew here at Zero Hedge, one that has NO relation to the one's I knew back in 2010.

The old crew would have eviserated this story.  This new crew parroted it.

As OldPhart, I'm sorry to announce that Zero Hedge has lost it's Moxie.  It no longer has a purpose.  And we, the commentors, no longer have a voice.

scintillator9's picture

And, if one has not noticed, it is much more difficult to navigate to other pages than in the past, and even the search feature to find prior artricles is more or less usless compared to when the revamp was done.

One now needs to search for old articles using various search engines, and one's memory with varying results.

This too is a "new an improved" incarnation of myself, for I must have pissed in someone's cornflakes one day, about 43 weeks ago.

Enjoy the "voice" we have left until 1 October when the keys to the net get turned over to our corporate overlords.......

N0TME's picture

When someone or something gets too big for their britches the "controllers" take over. -- A witness.

Lovin-ZH's picture

Yup.  Have you noticed you can not find anything under the search term "Hillary Clinton" on this site?

HowdyDoody's picture

Has ZH taken the silver shekel to meet its bills?

Amun's picture

169 third party web beacons on this ZH page alone!


ZH sold out for more like 33 golden shekels

Doom Porn Star's picture

The gold shilling hasen't been nearly as volumous of late.

Bruno DeGoldshiller and and the Tesla toy driving jackass Knight can both go suck a hot VW Diesel tailpipe...

HopefulCynic's picture

It does seem they like using Gatestone Institute a lot these days. I account it as a way of showing all sides and letting us decide, after all, we ar supposed to be more educated, and to know better.


But who knows. 


I read for years before joining, now it seems I joined to late. 

small towel's picture

ZH coverage of the 15th July Turkish coup was MSM like.

Omen IV's picture

the same change you cite, i noticed on Naked Capitalism as well about the same time.  They have the MSM so the secondary independent sites are in the midst of change of control -one by one - Hillary will have a free ride with no dissent allowed or seen. They are locking down the system.

what is interesting is that intuitive focused people have a sixth sense for subtle tremors and then they track them to correlation and then confirmation.

boattrash's picture

Hahahahaha...and Merkel paid him the money to do it with.

VWAndy's picture

 The lies are different at each level.

crazzziecanuck's picture

Erdogan's support of Hamas wasn't exactly much of a secret.  Hamas *is* the duly elected representatives of the Palestinian people, particularly in Gaza.  It's also not surprising that they'd support the MB in Egypt, either.  The Muslim Brotherhood (at least in Egypt) were not the rabid, foaming-at-the-mouth salafist crazies (the crazies that may have started inside the MB invariably leave the MB and splinter off, i.e., Zwahiri).  It's also quite disturbing how people jump up and down on the MB, then turn around and ship advanced weaponry to al-Nusra or thugs in Benghazi so its very, very, very hypocritical of our leaders to lambaste Erdgoan when we ourselves are doing the very same thing and PRETENDING that our systems are vetting the recipients of our deadly largesse.

Erdogan, just as we do with Putin, is being made the fall guy for our own Western ineptitude and professional cowardice.

JailBanksters's picture

Didn't they get the memo

The Head Office for the US Support of ISIS is in Turkey. aka the US Embassy.

It's Benghazi all over again.


buzzsaw99's picture

so does saudi, so does the usa. they all do it. bomb a few hospitals and orphanages, call it a day.

Unless, of course, the leak was premeditated, and designed to force Erdogan to do something "irrational", like for example unleashing another 1-2 million refugees in Germany's general direction...

Because taking control of your own border why that would be rayciss and uncivilized. /s

METAVORE's picture

Just one more nation on Iseael's death list. Better send a message to the ZIONIST TRAITORS EMBEDDED IN THE PENTAGON. Whoops Israel just launched a first strike. We are going to get radiation in addition to heat. PURGE THE RESIDENTS OF ISRAEL FROM THE PENTAGON. Send them back to their chosen nation.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

So much for the ambitious Ottoman Empire ambitions of Erdogan. Both Germany and Austria are having their quarrel with Turkey; it will take some time before the MSM will pick it up. They'll blame Putin of course. 

Next coup will end in a dead Erdogan. 

Joe A's picture

This leak could be done to discredit Merkel's government but leaks are often a way for a government to put information out they cannot officially put out so it could be the German government leaked it itself.

Potentially explosive material though.

SmittyinLA's picture

Only dead commie is a dead commie

Sandmann's picture

The document written by the Interior Ministry 

Die Passage wurde offensichtlich vom Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) verfasst und als vertraulich eingestuft, gelangte aber - offenbar durch eine Panne - an die Öffentlichkeit.

It was written by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) Intelligence Service
Amun's picture

Anyone who knows how German government operates will know that there are NO leaks in that government.


This is a report created in the first place with one and only purpose - desseminate anti-Erdogan propaganda because of his change of geopolitical alignment.


Anyone who decides to become the enemy of ISIS also becomes the enemy of the West overnight. Isn't that funny? Horrific.

messystateofaffairs's picture

We don't talk about Erdogan feeding US/Israeli terrorists in Syria anymore. Erdogan is a lunatic but he's Putin's lunatic now and that makes him a valuable lunatic for peace and prosperity. And by the way Hamas is the proper representative of the Palestinian people, get used to it.

Aussiekiwi's picture

Looking forward in expectation of another Erdo monumental tantrum, the US needs to get those nukes it has stored in Turkey out of the country and look at scaling back its use of the airbase it currently uses with a view to abandoning it.

Where Turkey is going is self evident and the US needs to get ahead of the game.

shovelhead's picture

That's not the way we roll.

Erdogan might find himself in the bottom of the Med and a new more compliant guy will be sitting in his chair if he starts getting a bit too froggy.

Atomizer's picture

He was just trying to be a job creator. Skill set doesn't matter. 


Father ¢hristmas's picture

These kraut cocksuckers have a pattern of this kind of lying cuckolding behavior.  They are now even telling their own citizens that refugees are not responsible for terror.

Time for Erdogan to unleash the hounds.  You're not gonna get me to house all your dumb ass country cousins to keep them from moving in with you after you won the lottery, then not invite my family for Sunday dinner when that was part of the agreement.

"Bu bu but he funds terror!"  Bitch, that's what you told me to do.  You know what, fuck it.  Just fuck it.

*Unlocks the gate to the goat pen*

Berlin is thattaway, guys.

oncemore's picture

Germany, the biggest supporter of terorism in EU,  points the finger at Erdogan?

Is Merkel more ill, than HRC is? Does Merkel have a heavy brain damage?

Sauerkraut-Opinion's picture

This was not a leak, this was a strategical publishing of information to help Merkel not lo loose her face and avoid marginalization in Germany and Europe when pronouncing soon a 180-degree turn away from the Turkish refugee deal - instead of this Merkel will be presented as "guardian of European values" (something she is kicking ass since years...).

The information came from the ministry interior because it's leaded by her fellow party member Thomas de Maziere (CDU) while the (...for this kind of affairs more logical...) foreign ministry is driven by her coalition-partner party chairman and election rival (September 2017) Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD).

Backround: The Turkish refugee deal ( well as EU accession talks and planned visa exemption...) is increasingly shifted in the critical focus by the German mainstream and with certainty (already announced...) will be toppled by Vienna through veto due to severe reservations of the Austrian government against the depending on Ankara. The mood against Merkels refugee-welcome-policy and her chancellorship in Berlin has principally deteriorated in both Austria and Germany. The suspending of the deal will cause the next stream of refugees - the alleged "leak" is also serving to prepare the German publicy to this fact "without alternative" (...caused by Merkels welcome-propaganda and still categorical refuse to close/protect German borders...). 

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Some lovely butter cream frosting to go with that "accusation cake"...  those Germans are so damn good with the pastries!...

And the cherry on top for the U.S. State Department.


After that Russian Generals statement(s) on how to read a treaty and "a map" I'd be ready to slash my wrists with a razor blade and "call it a day" out of embarrassment with no equivalent!  But then again when you realize who's at the front office you know "Denial" Ain't Just a River in Egypt!!!


VW Nerd's picture

NATO knew Erdogan was an untrustworthy slimeball but supported him and Turkey because he was "OUR" (Nato's) slimeball.  The guy kind of reminds me of what happened to Noriega back in the day.

onmail1's picture

Why not investigate against the euroPeons Merkel , hollande et al

Germany, France & UK have been gifting arms to ISIS terrorists

let them be brought to trial & send them to jail


America destroys its friends & allies

first it asks them to do criminal acts 

And if one resists , then America & its other allies 

pounce upon them, blame them, defame them

and mabbe imprison them for the rest of life

Beware America is a criminal state that promotes terrorism

and directly creates terrorists