Long-time DEA liaison jailed in Turkey

For 20 years, this local Turk worked for the US Embassy as a DEA agent translating voluntary interviews with Turkish law enforcement combating illegal narcotics. But Erdogan, ever fearful of a coup destroying his chances for a resurrected Ottoman Empire, had him arrested and jailed for espionage. And he wasted no time telling his citizens how corrupt America is. We continue to be under attack world-wide for standing up to dictators.


Brad Johnson the Turks are consistently
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upping their game against everything
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well not Turkish really and there is
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something I think that most people are
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fully unaware of can you explain this
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newest development in Turkish policy
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yeah absolutely this is something that
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we’ve covered in previous interviews and
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it’s an interesting case just to recap
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quickly in one of the Turkish consulates
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or so it’s the u.s. embassy and
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consulates inside Turkey where official
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business is done
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what are those consulates had a DEA
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office which DEA is big in in Turkey
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working against drug issues a Drug
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Enforcement Agency and so part of what
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they do there is they have local
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employees so they had a local Turkish
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employee who was employed by DEA and one
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of his jobs was he was a translator and
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he would then take these DEA guys the
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the law enforcement officers coming in
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and are the the ones that had been there
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for a while and he would take them to
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these meetings introduce him to all the
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Turkish law enforcement and translate
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for these meetings that the DEA would
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have with these people so that was his
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job so he did this for like 20 years and
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in those 20 years of course he knows all
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the Turkish cops because who are the
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dije guys talking to their Turk talking
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to Turkish cops that’s what they do they
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do law enforcement to law enforcement
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liaison operations for law enforcement
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against you know narcotics and those
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sorts of things that’s that is what DEA
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does overseas what this guy was doing
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was exactly that now what the Turks did
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a few months back was arrest this guy
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and charged him with espionage
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apparently some of these law enforcement
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guys were involved with what the Turkish
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government calls you know they I think
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they were supposedly involved with that
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2016 you know fictional uprising that
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was trying to overthrow the Erawan
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government so kind of a different story
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there but so what they did was target
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this
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guy based on what those launched the
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Turkish police did or were accused of
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doing probably all nonsense from
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absolutely every aspect of it those
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policemen were likely completely
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uninvolved with any sort of attempted
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coup and this guy would not have known
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he certainly would not have been
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involved in any way shape or form now
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two aspects to this the Turkish
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government does use this for domestic
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consumption so what the Turkish
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government is doing is building a case
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against the United States of America for
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domestic consumption
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so they’re saying this coup attempted
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coup where they tried to overthrow the
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rightful Turkish government and
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inheritor to thee and to the Ottoman
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Empire was orchestrated by the United
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States and they’re using this guy to
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make that linkage between the United
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States officials and this attempted
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overthrow of the Turkish government so
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that’s the linkage for domestic
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consumption also of course they’re
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preparing and making problems in the
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United States is certainly not you know
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somebody that they trust or like or want
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to help or any of those sorts of things
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they’ve got their own game plan out
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there trying to recreate the the Ottoman
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Empire so now this officer was this this
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Turkish employee of the DEA and Turkey
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and who was helping them do their law
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enforcement duties and look I worked at
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those guys a lot I know those guys this
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guy was just he was an interpreter he
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knew everybody because he’d been doing
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it for 20 years so he was their go-to
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guy you know hey call so-and-so set up a
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meeting for me let’s go next Tuesday at
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2 o’clock and he translate for me while
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I talk to the guy that’s what that guy
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did he would drive him to him from the
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meetings he would translate you know he
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was a support guy an administrative
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support type rule now he would have
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information in his head that was useful
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but he was supporting the DEA and that
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was really all so what happened is this
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this case finally came to pass and he
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was sentenced to just almost nine years
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in prison for
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espionage and for cooperating with this
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terrorist organization that was involved
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with this this nonsensical coup that
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they always talk about so he’s actually
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been sentenced on this so now this is
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something that also Turkey will have in
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its back pocket as negotiate as a
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negotiating point with the United States
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how far I’m sure the DEA is working hard
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to get this guy out of jail and treat it
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better and if he gets out of jail I
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wouldn’t be surprised if the DEA is able
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to get get him back to the States or
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something so that’s probably the happy
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ending to the story of it if it can be
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taken that far but so for Turkey this is
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win-win and gives them a negotiating
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card for scrote with the United States
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to get to create out of nothing in this
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case and then use it as a negotiating
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point against the United States to get
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something in return and it plays well
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for the domestic market the Turkish
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people themselves so they can say oh
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look how evil the United States is doing
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these bad things in our country so
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that’s how this is all played out they
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actually convicted this guy he’s in jail
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in Turkey right now
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