Turkish court documents have revealed former Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MİT) officer Enver Altaylı’s letter addressed to a “Mr. Gen. Flynn,” possibly U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Turkish daily Sözcü reported on Thursday.
In the draft e-mail, Altaylı wrote about Turkish army officers’ involvement in the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016, Sözcü said.
“I believe there is a plot and a conspiracy here,” Altaylı wrote in the e-mail, adding that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) wanted to establish that army officers connected to the Gülen movement were behind the coup, and that the movement was backed by Washington.
The Turkish government maintains that Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, and his followers who infiltrated key state institutions over their long alliance with the government were behind the attempt.
Altaylı wrote that almost half of the 364 generals and admirals in the Turkish army had been involved in the attempt, with Gülenist officers among them. According to Altaylı, a majority the generals and admirals who were against Russia were also involved.
“Not a single one of the officers who were pro-Perinçek, whose only goal in life was to enact a left-wing coup, partook in the attempt,” Altaylı was quoted by Sözcü as writing, referring to the pro-Russia leader of Fatherland Party (VP), Doğu Perinçek.
According to pro-government Daily Sabah, Altaylı wrote about his dismissal from the MİT for opposing Russia’s policies in the e-mail.
Altaylı wrote that the general perception in Turkish society was that Gülenist officers had carried out the coup attempt on orders from the United States, according to Sözcü. “Now hundreds of officers will be dismissed with this label on them.”
Daily Sabah said Altaylı had corresponded with the CIA, reporting on social and political developments in Turkey. One report was titled, “How to create an environment feasible for a military coup,” the daily said.
Altaylı, in his testimony at the prosecutor’s office, said he had reached Michael Flynn and put him in contact with two Turkish ministers to persuade him to make a statement against the Gülen movement.
According to Altaylı’s testimony, he spoke with Turkish Airlines’ chairman İlker Tuğcu, who then spoke with the ministers. The ministers visited the United States, and Flynn issued a statement saying Fethullah Gülen had no place in the country, comparing the preacher to the Islamic State (ISIS)
“When the press got a hold of this matter, Flynn resigned. I made the U.S. secretary give that speech,” Altaylı said.
Altaylı was detained in 2017 and is facing terrorism charges and military espionage over ties with the Gülen movement. One of the accusations against Altaylı was attempting to smuggle abroad former MİT official Mehmet Barıner, who had been dismissed after the coup attempt.