“I’ve got fresh evidence 13 CIA senior officers helped in Turkey failed Coup. I will divulge the names in the coming days.”
Donald Trump — 15 August 2016
“I have not set foot in or even near Turkey in five years. […] The night of the coup attempt in Turkey I happen to have been addressing a group of 100 people or so right here in the town in western Canada where I have been living for the last 15 years.”
Graham Fuller — December 2 2017
“Just think a moment about what is happening right now. In 25 years, your children and grandchildren will read [about this coup], as now people read about the 1953 overthrow of Prime Minister of Iran Mohammed Mossadegh. Does it not seem to you at some point that this can happen in Caracas and Kiev, or actually in Ankara, Damascus and Baghdad?”
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson — Chief of staff of US Secretary of State Colin Powell
August 24 2016 — In a message posted on August 15 2016, Trump claimed that he had evidence that the CIA was involved in the July 15 2016 attempted coup. Two years later, there is no still evidence whatsoever that the CIA was involved in the attempted coup. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Donald Trump, the US Republican presidential candidate, claims in his new tweet that he has evidence that CIA officers helped in Turkey’s attempted coup.
In two consecutive tweets posted on his official Twitter page, Trump said he obtained evidence that will prove 13 high-ranking CIA officers helped in Turkey’s “Failed Coup” and that Obama’s “failed leadership” caused this “stupid mistake” witch put USA interest in Middle East at risk. [AWD News]
A pic of the tweet has been published by FARS News Agency. (Trump: CIA Officers Helped Turkey Coup Attempt, Evidence Available)
“I’ve got fresh evidence 13 CIA senior officers helped in Turkey Failed Coup. I will divulge the names in the coming days.”
This tweet was erased a bit later… The message raises a few questions. Where did Trump — and his staff — get this information? Is it true? If so, who are these CIA senior officers? Will Trump really divulge their identities?
UPDATE (23 August 2016) — A reader asks: “Did Trump learn about this from his Intelligence Briefings?”
The answer is: No. Even if we assume for the time being that the CIA did indeed play a role in the Coup, Trump could not have learned the name of these CIA officers from the Briefings.
Firstly, Trump received his first Intelligence Briefing on August 17 and the two tweets were posted on August 15.
Secondly, these Briefings are ‘informative’ and do not go into specific details. Briefing Officers don’t share ‘sources, intelligence-gathering strategies or particulars of ongoing covert operations’.
Former CIA agent David Priess served both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations as ‘an intelligence officer and each day intelligence briefer on the CIA.
Priess, author of The President’s Book of Secrets, told Inside Edition Trump was brought up to speed on “things like ISIS, the situation in Syria, the threat from China. So the issues are serious.”
“They can be very informative on a whole range of policy issues, but do not give away the inner workings of the U.S. government’s operations overseas.”
You can watch David Priess on this video:
PS — The Intelligence briefings is offered as a courtesy. The President has last say on who shall be briefed and what data they obtain.
Both candidates receive identical information: unbiased, goal evaluation of conditions abroad.
After the election, the winner can be eligible for briefings containing much more delicate information.
UPDATE (24 August 2018)– Two years later, there is no still evidence whatsoever that the CIA was involved in the attempted coup.
Of course, in general, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. But in this case, you would think that Turkey would have discovered some evidence of the CIA involvement.
True or not, Trump’s messages must have given a few CIA officers a pause…
Also, despite Turkey’s repeated claims, there seems to be no evidence that Muhammad Fethullah Gülen — whatever his links to the CIA may be — was directly involved in this coup.
Perhaps, the most bizarre episode of this saga is the infamous meeting of General Mike Flynn discussing with high-level Turkish officials the possibility to snatch Gulen out of the US!
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