Prosecutors probe Taraf journalist Baransu for publishing leaked documents

December 06, 2013, Friday/ 11:43:00

Prosecutors have launched an investigation into Taraf journalist Mehmet Baransu for publishing a leaked national security document that includes a secret plot to curb activities of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

Baransu is accused of “unveiling documents that should be kept secret for the state's security and its political benefits,” “political and military espionage” and “unveiling information that is forbidden to announce.”

Public Prosecutor Sıddık İlgar launched the investigation into Taraf's Nov. 28 story that includes the national security document dated 2004, advising the government to take steps to curb the activities of Gülen.

The government has confirmed the document but said no action was taken to implement the policy prescriptions indicated therein. 

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