MİT member gave classified documents to Odatv reporters

March 30, 2011, Wednesday/ 17:39:00/ ERKAN ACAR

Prosecutors in the investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine network charged with plotting to overthrow the government, say they have reason to believe that a member of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) brought a large number of confidential documents to the office of news portal

Odatv is allegedly the media arm of the Ergenekon organization. Prosecutors say it was established to further the group’s causes using the media. MİT officer Kaşif Kozinoğlu was also detained in the investigation last week. Prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, who questioned Kozinoğlu, asked him how Odatv obtained the confidential documents. Kozinoğlu was also questioned about a wiretapped phone conversation between him and Coşkun Ulusoy, head of the military-owned enterprise the Turkish Armed Forces Assistance Center (OYAK), which is active in a number of fields from banking to construction.

Kozinoğlu was detained over documents seized at the Odatv office, where a folder titled Kozinoğlu3 was found on one of the computers. The folder included sensitive information obtained by MİT and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Kozinoğlu, who stands accused of membership in Ergenekon (which the prosecution defines as an armed terrorist organization) and obtaining sensitive information from MİT and the TSK for the organization, insists he is innocent. He said in his interrogation that he had never heard of Odatv before the police raid.

The prosecution, however, claims there is further evidence to back up claims that it was Kozinoğlu who gave Odatv the documents. A document that included the note, “We should certainly cover the information about the operations of the [Fethullah Gülen] cemaat (religious community) in Russia and Uzbekistan. We should also use the information provided by Kozinoğlu.” However, Kozinoğlu said he did not know any of the journalists working for Odatv and denied that he had provided them with any documents or information.

The prosecution also says that the notes regarding writing about the Gülen movement’s activities in Russia and Uzbekistan, found in word documents on odatv computers, appear to be orders from Ergenekon leaders. Indeed, Odatv fulfilled these alleged orders, as the web site posted a story on a police operation involving members of the Gülen movement in Russia on Jan. 24, 2011 and another one on Oct. 6, 2010.

In response to questions about his conversation with OYAK General Manager Ulusoy, Kozinoğlu said he didn’t hear most of what Ulusoy said that day, saying he had hearing difficulty, saying he had a doctor’s report to prove his auditory deficiency.

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