Erdoğan’s phone recordings found in retired Gen. Ersöz’s archive
The source of the telephone recordings of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan published by the Aydınlık journal has been revealed to be retired Gen. Levent Ersöz's archive. Ersöz's archives also contain many voice recordings from a number of ministers.
A tip-off from Rıza Yıldırım to the İstanbul Police Department on Oct. 18, 2009 includes the following statement: “The dark telephone conversation that is the subject of the Aydınlık journal’s headline story today is from Ergenekon member Levent Erzsöz’s archive.” The statement also said Ersöz’s archives contained many voice recordings from a number of ministers from the AK Party and that the archive in question was located on the Aydınlık journal’s premises.
Aydınlık journal Editor-in-Chief Deniz Yıldırım, who was taken into custody for a period following the publication of the records, had alleged that the documents in question had arrived at the journal’s headquarters in a sealed envelope. According to the indictment, the evidence collected in the investigation into this incident revealed that during their terms in service at the Gendarmerie General Command, Ergenekon case defendants Ersöz and Hasan Atilla Uğur had resorted to illegal means to tap the conversations of some high-level bureaucrats as well as the prime minister and other members of the government and that they recorded these conversations and gathered them in the Ergenekon archive. It is also alleged that the Republican Work Group (CÇG), which the two had established during 2003-2004 at the Gendarmerie General Command, had been involved in illegal wiretapping and collection of information on individuals.