Thousands of emails have been released by WikiLeaks that came from Turkish minister Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which proves links between Albayrak and deals he had with ISIS-controlled oil fields.
The cache of emails were released on Monday and demonstrates his insider knowledge of Powertrans. Powertrans has a complete monopoly of Iraqi Kurdistan’s roads and rail system into Turkey, and Albayrak has denied in the past that he has any connections to Powertrans. Powertrans have consistently been accused of facilitating ISIS blood-oil from reaching the fields in Iraq to Turkey.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, justified the email release because of Erdogan’s crackdown on free media.
“The people of Turkey need a free media and a free internet,” Mr Assange said.
‘The government’s counter-coup efforts have gone well beyond their stated purpose of protecting the state… and are now primarily used to steal assets and eliminate critics.
“This consolidation around the power vertical of Recep Tayyip Erdogan ultimately weakens Turkish institutionalism, leaving Turkey more susceptible to future coups by those in Erdogan’s chain of command.”
Many believe that Erdogan is grooming Albayrak to be his successor.