Henri J. Barkey, former CIA personnel and the current Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, known as the policy maker for U.S. authority, was the second top American figure who orchestrated the coup attempt in Turkey.
According to Istanbul Police's Intelligence, Counter Terror, Cyber Crime and Criminal Units, Barkey was holding a meeting with 17 top figures, most of them foreign nationals, at a hotel on Istanbul's Princes Island on July 15, the day of the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
Barkey was staying in the Splendid Hotel, which was used as a British Military Headquarters during the days of occupation in 1919, between July 15 and 17.
According to the hotel management, Barkey had held a meeting that lasted hours in a special room.
“Barkey and his entourage had been holding a meeting 'till the morning on July 16 in a special room. They have been following the coup attempt over TV channels," the hotel personnel told police.
Turkey putschists promised a new military base to the US
The United States Army, one of the architects of the recent Turkey coup plot, would have built a new military base at the zero point of the Turkey-Syria border, if coup plotters were successful in overtaking the power of the military, intelligence, police security, legislative and judiciary institutions in Turkey. The junta regime would have allowed the U.S. military to establish a military base near the Syrian border, if the coup didn't fail, sources said. As millions of Turks continue to swarm to the streets after foiling a military coup attempt, shocking information about coup planners and their masterminds continue to be revealed. The CIA's 'Safari' Team of coup schemersSources close to the investigators of the failed coup attempt said the CIA established a special team with the code name of “Safari" to operate the coup plot process. General John F. Campbell, a former US commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), organized meetings and preparations that lasted over eight-and-half-a-months before the Turkey coup. Campbell was the head of the Turkey leg of the “Safari" special team established by CIA for commanding junta in Turkey. US Commander Campbell: The man behind the failed coup in Turkey Though Campbell formally retired from his post in March this year, he has been running the U.S. military's secret agenda in Turkey. He was commissioned to lead the Turkey operation for an extra two years, the sources said. Campbell was working as the middle man / mediator between parties. He held several meetings both with the Junta in Turkey and CIA authorities in the U.S. According to military sources, the coup plotters agreed to allow the U.S. authority to stablish a U.S. military base at the Turkey-Syria border. The new military base would have been furnished with more advanced technology, making it more capable of extensive tasks than the İncirlik airbase in the southeastern province of Adana. Putschist also promised to upset the balances in the area by blocking Russia in a military and economic manner after establishing a coup regime in Turkey in the second half of 2016. According to the plan, Turkey would have been designed by the U.S. and the country would have been under Washington's full control. If they had failed to take full control, then the second plan would have been implemented: turning Turkey into a new Syria. Moreover, the Syrian opposition group would have also been re-structured according to the U.S. directions, and the FETÖ junta would have been handling them, if the coup in Turkey had succeeded. FETÖ and CIA hand in hand for coup in Turkey A group of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) terrorists inside the Turkish military attempted a coup on July 15, as they took control of some strategic points and state buildings by tanks, helicopters and fighter jets. Turks across the country poured to the streets and ran through the bullets and bombs to protect their country, democracy and future. The coup attempt failed, but the Turks' voices are still being raised from the streets and squares, where millions continue their “democracy watch", to punish the coup plotters including the coup leader Fetullah Gülen.Erdoğan: Turkey abides by refugee deal with EU Gülen, a so-called cleric based in Pennsylvania, U.S., was the leader of FETÖ terror group. He organized the coup in Turkey by moving his terrorists hiding in Turkish state institutions, mainly judiciary, police and military. Despite Ankara's repeatedly calling on Washington to extradite Gülen, the U.S. authority continues rejecting it and backing Gülen. Sources from the Turkish government authority said that it's clear that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) orchestrated the coup attempt with Gülen.
They said that Barkey welcomed the attendees of the meeting, most of them either foreign policy analysists or academicians, in groups of two or three persons at the hotel entrance.
After receiving all guests, they went into a special room and held the “secret" meeting, according to police.
Meanwhile, Barkey also told the hotel management, “I will make a live interview with CNN International at 4 p.m. and with Voice of America at 6 p.m.," requesting them to arrange “all necessary infrastructure."
Barkey was accused of making several telephone conversations on the coup night.
The police units, who launched a search operation in the hotel, said Barkey was carrying an ex-model cell phone void of internet connection technology, as well as a laptop and smart phone.
Police are investigating the “log" registrations of internet connections and computers of the hotel.
CCTV footage of the hotel, roads and the island's piers are also being investigated.
Fetullah Gülen works for CIA: Russian MP
Fetullah Gülen, the plotter of the foiled coup attempt in Turkey, has been working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States (US), said Vyaceslav Nikonov, the Russian State Duma Representative and the head of the Duma Education Council. "Gülen is working for the CIA; therefore, the U.S. will never extradite Gülen," Nikonov said during his televised speech on a Russian television channel. "Former CIA workers George Fidas and Graham Fuller along with Morton Abramowitz, the former Ankara Ambassador of the U.S., were the ones who tried to help Gülen, whose green card application was rejected," Nikonov said. "The Turkish nation fought against the coup attempt in a heroic way. The parties who attempted the coup in Turkey are responsible for the coup in Ukraine which was aiming at stimulating chaos in Russia," he added. Meanwhile, Oriental and International Studies Center Director, Turcologist Vladimir Avatkov, said that the move of Turkish President Erdoğan to clean the Turkish institution from the people linked with the FETÖ/PDY terrorist organization might be beneficial for Russian relations. "Erdoğan's move is according to Russia's interests. In Turkey, there is a serious American opposition. Russia should take advantage of this situation. If Turkey leaves its neo-Ottoman ambitions aside, the relation of Turkey and Russian may be strengthened " Avatkov said. Fetullah Gülen, who is living in the northeastern U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is indicated to be responsible for the coup attempt of July 15, in which 246 people, including a large number of civilians, were martyred. Gülen has been pursuing a long-running campaign to overthrow the government through infiltrating the Turkish state, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming the so-called “parallel state." US Commander Campbell: The man behind the failed coup in Turkey
The coup attempt on July 15, which has been foiled by popular resistance, was organized by a group of Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members who infiltrated the Turkey's military.
Fetullah Gülen, the U.S.-based leader of FETÖ who has been working with the CIA for several years to design Turkey's political arena, was the mastermind of the coup attempt and Turkey demands his extradition from the U.S.
In early statements, the U.S. repeated denied Turkey's allegations and rejected the extradition request. And now, the U.S. authority is trying to protect him by indicating to form an international commission rather going through direct legal process.
Following the failed coup attempt, millions of Turkish nationals, regardless of their religious identity, political views and ethnic background, are standing united against the coup plotters as well as FETÖ terror group.
All political parties voiced their solidarity with the government and urged the U.S. to extradite Gülen and support Turkey's legal process against coup plotters.
US Commander Campbell: The man behind the failed coup in Turkey
A former U.S. commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, was the organizer of the July 15 military coup attempt in Turkey, sources said. General John F. Campbell was one of the top figures who organized and managed the soldiers behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey, sources close to ongoing legal process of pro-coup detainees said. Campbell also managed more than $2 billion money transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links to distribute among the pro-coup military personnel in Turkey. The ongoing investigation unveiled that Campbell had paid at least two secret visits to Turkey since May, until the day of the coup attempt. The coup plot that was foiled by the comprehensive effort of Turkish Nation, including its citizens, politicians, media and police forces, was organized by the Fethullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) led-by so-called cleric Fethullah Gülen who has been living in self-exile in America for several years. American Intelligence, Military and other institutions are accused of supporting the FETO leader Gülen and his gangs for the military coup. Turkey urges US to prevent Gülen from dodging laws US knows Gülen behind failed coup: Turkish minister Military sources said Campbell, who was the commander of ISAF between August 26, 2014 and May 1, 2016, had made some top secret meetings in Erzurum military base and Adana İnicrlik Airbase. İncirlik Airbase has been used by the U.S. Military for conducting the anti-Daesh campaign in Syria. Military sources said that Campbell was the man, who directed the process of trending / blacklisting the military officers in the base. If the coup attempt was successful, Campbell would visit Turkey in a short time, according to the sources. Transition of $2 billion from Nigeria to Turkey The Nigeria branch of the United Bank of Africa (UBA) was the main base for the last six-months of money transactions for the coup plotters. Millions of dollars of money has been transferred from Nigeria to Turkey by a group of CIA personnel. The money, which has been distributed to an 80-person special team of the CIA, was used to convince pro-coup generals. More than 2 billion dollars were distributed during the process leading to the coup. After taking money from their bank accounts, the CIA team hand delivered it to the terrorists under the military dresses.Categorizing the military officersThe sources said that some familiar figures in the Eastern and Southeastern part of the country had taken active roles during the process, while the members of the Gülenist gang have been used in central and eastern region. All officers who command a group of soldiers in a patrol station, unit, company, regiment, brigade, division, corps, or army were kept in close surveillance. In 2015, the pro-Gülenist officers in the İncirlik base established an investigation desk. They drew the map of all soldiers under their command. They investigated the soldiers' trends, their personalities and family background. Gülen’s case to be ‘very high priority’: US ambassador All soldiers were categorized in three groups: opponents, neutrals, and supporters. A commander from the smallest patrol station to all military units had been blacklisted under the process. Soldiers who were marked as opponents to the junta, was debarred from the “financial support.” The military personnel who were in a neutral position received a difference in the amount of money, according to the importance of their position and ranks. The money transactions were started in March 2015 through the commissioned “courier”. The supports who also were categorized as “those who will move with us,” were provided a huge amount of money. All soldiers and officers in this category were considered as the devoted members of the FETO terror group. A bag with a large amount of money was found in the room of Brigadier General Mehmet Dişli, one of the top military officials detained for leading the coup attempt. Clash of Kings, QQ used by Turkey coup plotters for communication
Main squares and streets across the country are filled with people from every age and parts of the society, as they continue celebrating in the evenings the victory of Turkish democracy for the 11th day.
But Barkey tried to cast a shadow on the victory of Turkish people, government and democracy.
“This is a coup attempt where you have no winners. Everybody loses, including the government that survived it," he told the American National Public Radio (NPR) at 3.30 a.m. local time on July 16 from Istanbul.
He also accused that Turkey would be enter in a more chaotic environment though the country entered into a more strong and more democratic environment.
“But I will submit to you that this president [Erdoğan] has been weakened much more now. Even though he will probably have extra constitutional powers, he's weakened, because the face that he projected of an impregnable confident leader is now not there anymore. So he's will be looking over his shoulder all the time. He's going to be less trusting. He already was not trusting of the opposition. I suspect that relations will become much tenser in Turkey, and he will not be able to govern with consensus. Instead, he's going to be governing more and more by dictate, and that is..." he said.
Ex-CIA chief Fuller defends Gülen's terror group
The US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) former Vice Chairman Graham Fuller, a long-standing supporter of Fethüllah Gülen, has defended the leader of the Fethullah Terror Organization (FETÖ) following a failed military coup masterminded by Gülen last week. In an article published in the Huffington Post, Fuller threatened that Turkey's first democratically elected President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will fall soon for cracking down on the Gülen-led organization. As clashes between Erdoğan and Gülenists sparked after 2011, Fuller suggested Erdoğan should abandon politics or at least cut all links with his own established AK Party. The former CIA chief speaks as a spokesperson of Gülen's organization as he used some of the Gülenists' baseless claims against Erdoğan. In his column, Fuller openly declared his support to Gülen saying, “I had spoken out in defense of Gülen".Describes Gülen as a democratic leader, Erdoğan as an 'Islamist' leaderHe compared Erdoğan and his AK Party with Gülen and his organization, which Turkish judiciary had declared one of the dangerous terrorist organizations not only in Turkey, but around the world. Fuller said Erdoğan was an “Islamist" leader and Gülen was a “democratic", apolitical leader. He stated that Gülen had always embraced the importance and dignity of the state supporting previous coup and coup attempts. “He has supported the state against earlier Islamist movements that raised Islam over the state," said Fuller indication the postmodern coup in 1997 against the elected government lead by Necmetting Erbakan, one of the most democratic leaders in Turkish history. “He [Gülen] even felt compelled to support the military takeover of the state in 1980," Fuller said that showed that Gülen had supported all military coups after increasing his power in Anatolia. Then Gülen continue to support democratic governments, according to Fuller. Fethullah Gülen become a cleric learning from an Imam in a small rural mosque after he separated his way from the original movement of the Risale-i Nur started by Said Nursi. Gülen inspired his followers to infiltrate into the top positions of the influential government institutions such as judiciary, police, and education and information technology. Though his organization did not have a transparent structure, he tried to shape Turkish politics by blackmailing, threats or plots. His organization is accused of blackmailing many MPs, mainly from opposition MHP and CHP, by filming and publishing their bedroom videos. After establishing a network inside Turkish state institutions, Gülen strengthened his power inside military. Pro-Gülenist judges and prosecutors produced hundreds of thousands of false documents to open trails against their rivals. First, they targeted opposition figures to become more close to the government to gain their trust. Then they launched a comprehensive attack on Erdoğan and his AK Party whenever they were unable to control Erdoğan. The turning point was 2011, when Turkey's democracy became stronger after a referendum allowing wide spread public rights. Fuller suggested that Erdoğan should abandoned politics after this time for Turkey's democracy, as Gülenists accused, though he became president with 52 percent of popular vote. He ruled out Turkey's Supreme Court's ruling on Gülen's organization that called it a terrorist organization. Fuller said that FETÖ “does not engage in terrorist activities, or support of political violence." He argued, “Erdoğan's charge that Hizmet is a terrorist organization is absurd." Fuller use the word “Hizmet" as only pro-Gülenists use it to refer to Gülen's organization. “Hizmet has not been a transparent organization — hence it's viewed as 'shadowy'," he admitted. Though Gülen and his organization have been running hundreds of schools in more than 100 countries, thousands of businesses, numerous associations and federations, Fuller said that Gülen had lacked the capability to organize an army group for a coup. Without regarding recent confessions from detainees over coup plotters on their link with Gülen and planning for coup Fuller state, “There is no telling what kind of 'confessions' will be generated. Fuller didn't condemn the coup attempt, suggests Gülen should be future Islamic rulerIn his article, Fuller did not even condemn the non-democratic coup attempt, rather he criticized Erdoğan for “unleashed massive Stalin-style purges and arrests across the country". He said, “Neither Erdoğan nor Gülen call for any kind of Islamic State, Sharia law or Caliphate. They both operate fairly comfortably within a primarily secular state structure established a century ago by the country's modernizing secularist founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk." But later, he suggested that Gülen's group, which most of the main stream Islamic movements in Turkey and the Arab world rejected, should represent Islam's future. “It sits squarely in mainstream modernizing Islam," he said. Fuller indicated that the US should support Gülen against Erdoğan, saying the Turkish President “is planting the seeds for his own destruction". The Turkish government last week officially requested the US authority to extract Gülen, with legal documents and evidences. Despite all the incidents in Turkey orchestrated by Gülen, Fuller writes, “I still believe that Hizmet as a movement represents one of the most encouraging faces of contemporary Islam in the world." He moreover, advised US authority to take his statement in favor of Gülen during the investigation process. “I wanted the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to at least be aware of my considered personal opinion as they consider his case."
Barkey, an academic from Pennsylvania University, is widely known in Turkey with his book “Turkey's Kurdish Question," which he prepared with former CIA vice chairman, Graham Fuller.
Fuller is also known for his unfaltering support to Gülen and his organization, for he requested the U.S. authority not to extradite Gülen to Turkey.
Barkey has been toiling on recent developments in Turkey and the Middle East. He met PKK terror leader Abdullah Öcalan in Italy and suggested him to stay there before being arrested by Turkey's authority.
His wife Elen Barkey has been working in a high position in the CIA for several years.