The Asian Age

TURKEY SEEKS U. S. AN­SWERS OVER ‘ SPY­ING’

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Istanbul: Turkey on Mon­day said it had sum­moned the US charge d’af­faires in Ankara to de­mand an ex­pla­na­tion over a re­port that Wash­ing­ton has spied in­ten­sively on Turk­ish

lead­ers since 2006. Der Spiegel re­ported that as well as shar­ing in­tel­li­gence with Nato part­ner Turkey, the United States and its ally Bri­tain have been con­duct­ing ex­ten­sive elec­tronic surveil­lance on the Turk­ish leader

ship. The Ger­man weekly said that the in­for­ma­tion was

based on doc­u­ments re­leased by the fugi­tive for

mer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency oper­a­tive Ed­ward Snow­den who has taken asy

lum in Rus­sia. “The US charge d’af­faires has been sum­moned to the for­eign min­istry to de­mand an ex­pla­na­tion,” deputy prime minis

ter Bulent Arinc told re­porters in Ankara in tele­vised com­ments. The new US am­bas­sador to Turkey, John

Bass, is yet to ar­rive in Ankara. Der Spiegel said start­ing in 2006, the NSA be­gan a ma­jor surveil­lance op­er­a­tion aimed at Turkey’s

lead­er­ship.

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