On Monday WikiLeaks announced it would release a tranche of “internal emails” from the Turkish government.

The following day the group published what it calls the Erdoğan Emails, a searchable database of 294,548 emails said to have been leaked from the AKP, Turkey’s ruling political party.

“The material was obtained a week before the attempted coup. However, WikiLeaks has moved forward its publication schedule in response to the government’s post-coup purges,” notes WikiLeaks. “We have verified the material and the source, who is not connected, in any way, to the elements behind the attempted coup, or to a rival political party or state.”

Characterizing the data dump as the “Erdoğan Emails” is a stretch, according to Emre Kızılkaya, digital news coordinator for the leading Turkish daily Hürriyet. Kızılkaya says the vast majority of emails are from Turkish citizens, not AKP officials.

The emails reveal Turkey as a classic police state.

The country is similar to East Germany under the rule of the communists. Thousands of ordinary Turks act as informants, ratting each other out to the government, according to Kızılkaya.

In East Germany, the vast majority of informants “were totally normal citizens… who betrayed others: neighbors reporting on neighbors, schoolchildren informing on classmates, university students passing along information on other students, managers spying on employees and Communist bosses denouncing party members.”

Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, fascist Italy, Cuba, North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and other socialist totalitarian states used citizen informants to eliminate dissidents.


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