Turkey clarifies: U.S. not behind coup plot

Turkey clarifies: U.S. not behind coup plot

[Ed. – Whatever, dudes.  The whole thing was a charade, so it’s not clear what purpose this new announcement serves.]

Despite dark conspiracy theories in Turkey linking the United States government to the military coup attempt on July 15, Turkish leaders see no signs of American complicity with the plotters, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Tuesday.

But Mr. Kurtulmus also said it was “the expectation of the people of Turkey” that the American judicial process would lead to the extradition of the person they regard as the chief plotter, Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania who is a rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. …

He said the Turkish judicial officials had sent 80 boxes of files to their counterparts in the United States containing information to support their contention that Mr. Gulen was implicated in the coup attempt and should be extradited to face charges in Turkey. …

Some officials said publicly that they believed the United States was behind the plot, an accusation testily rejected by the Obama administration. Some pro-government newspapers in Turkey have continued to foment the idea of sinister American political conspiracies.

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