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Metin Topuz had been legally working as a translator and assistant liaison officer for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration office in Turkey for 25 years.

Turkey’s ‘coup’ mystery: Release U.S. DEA employee before missile talks

By World Tribune on April 17, 2020

Commentary by Brad Johnson

At this week’s virtual NATO Atlantic Council event, Turkey repeated its offer to the United States to form a technical working group, including NATO, to resolve a dispute over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles. But, before the U.S. considers this offer, another diplomatic conflict with Turkey should be resolved first.

Turkey is holding a local employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul on terrorism and treason charges. The U.S. embassy in Ankara has stated publicly there is no credible evidence against him. Metin Topuz, a Turkish citizen, had been legally working as a translator and assistant liaison officer for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) office in Turkey for 25 years.

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