ANKARA has summoned the US charge d’affaires over allegations that the United States spied on Turkey, Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said today.
German magazine Der Spiegel claimed on Sunday that the US National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s eavesdropping agency GCHQ had carried out “wide-scale spying against Turkey.”
The magazine cited documents from the archive of whistleblower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Mr Arinc told reporters after the first meeting of Turkey’s post-presidential election cabinet that “information has been received” from the charge d’affaires.
The report comes just weeks after the magazine revealed that Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency had been spying on Turkey for years.
That report also drew an angry reaction from Ankara, which described it at the time as “absolutely unacceptable,” if true.
The documents leaked by Mr Snowden have revealed hugely controversial details about US and British spying on Turkey.
According to Der Spiegel, one NSA document described Turkey as both a “partner and target.”
It said that, in addition to the official NSA Special Liaison Activity Turkey (SUSLAT) office in Ankara, the US had two more secret branch offices that operated listening stations in Istanbul and Ankara.
However, Mr Snowden’s documents also revealed co-operation between Turkish and US intelligence agencies in Turkey’s battle against PKK Kurdish fighters in the country’s south-east.