WikiLeaks released the emails in response to President Erdogan’s brutal backlash to the failed military coup last week.
Erdogan has rounded up political enemies, including high-ranking military personnel and senior judges, while others have been detained in a move many feel is the Turkish President seizing the opportunity to tighten his rule.
WikiLeaks released a statement on its site, which was founded by Julian Assange.
The statement reads: “Today, 11pm Anakara [sic] Time, WikiLeaks releases part one of the AKP Emails. AKP, or the Justice & Development Party, is the ruling party of Turkey and is the political force behind the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Part one of the series covers 762 mail boxes beginning with ‘A’ through to ‘I’ containing 294,548 email bodies together with many thousands of attached files.
“The material was obtained a week before the attempted coup. However, WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government’s post-coup purges.
“We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state.”
Full article: WikiLeaks releases thousands of private Turkish government emails following failed coup (Express)