Nordic Monitor: Turkish spying increased in Greece despite "earthquake diplomacy"

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Turkey's spy agency, Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı (MIT), has stepped up its covert operations in Greece, according to Nordic Monitor.

According to a publication of the independent network, based on classified documents, the spy work of the Turkish intelligence service MIT in Greece has not stopped.

It states: "Turkey’s spy agency, Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı (MIT), has expanded its clandestine operations in Greek territory while Turkish and Greek diplomats have been engaging in what appears to be a thaw in bilateral ties in the wake of devastating earthquakes that killed 50,399 people in Turkey’s southern provinces."

According to classified documents recently obtained by Nordic Monitor, the Turkish intelligence service filed a report dated March 2, 2023, about two weeks after Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited the earthquake zone to express his country's solidarity and the continued support of rescue efforts.

"The MIT report makes clear that the diplomatic gestures and niceties at the political level did not really translate into curbing or restraining clandestine work by MIT. Rather, the opposite took place as MIT intensified its spying and surveillance in Greece," Nordic Monitor reported.

It is noted, according to the independent network, that "MIT operates directly under orders from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who entrusted the running of the agency to his long-time confidant Hakan Fidan, an anti-Western Islamist figure, more than a decade ago."

"The report details the work of the spy agency in Greek territory in identifying and locating members of the Gülen movement, a group that is critical of President Erdogan on a range of issues, from irredentist and aggressive foreign policy to pervasive corruption in the government and Turkey’s aiding and abetting of armed jihadist groups.

"It included the names of hundreds of Turkish nationals who had managed to flee to Greece to find sanctuary from a brutal crackdown carried out by the Erdogan regime and to escape wrongful imprisonment in Turkey on politically motivated charges.

"A review of the report shows that it was shared with the Security General Directorate (Emniyet), which in turn distributed the information on March 8, 2023 to police departments in multiple provinces for further action on the intelligence."

Read the FULL report here.

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