The National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and the National Police Department in a rare joint statement released on Tuesday denied media reports that the heads of the two institutions are clashing over intelligence sharing in the fight against terrorism.
The statement posted on the websites of both top security institutions responded to a news report that appeared in the Habertürk daily on Tuesday, which claimed that there was a rift between MİT Undersecretary Hakan Fidan and National Police Chief Mehmet Kılıçlar over intelligence sharing in the fight against the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The statement called the report “unsubstantiated.”
“Attention should be paid to the principle of providing correct information to the public and not wearing down [state] institutions in reports about two institutions which jointly conduct significant counterterrorism efforts. It should be known that inter-institutional intelligence sharing, which is an indispensable part of high-level cooperation between the two institutions, will continue as it did so far,” the statement said.
There had been reports in the media of a rift between MİT and the National Police Department since a specially authorized prosecutor summoned MİT Undersecretary Fidan and four other MİT officials to testify in a PKK-related terrorism case in January. Habertürk claimed on Tuesday that the disagreement dates back to 15 days prior to the summons when Kılıçlar allegedly complained to Fidan that MİT does not share intelligence with police in PKK-related cases. The daily reported that Fidan responded by saying they cannot as they would not want to expose the identity of agents who have infiltrated the organization.