[RTTV Washington DC] July 20th: Jack Talks Whether Turks Disclosed Classified Intel
I appear on RTTV with Ed Schultz on July 20th at 8 p.m. e.t. Its no secret that th realtionsihp between the U.S. and the Turks has deteriorated. Frankly, the relationship between the Turks and the entire EU has deteriorated. Also, President Erdogan currently has sacked more than 150,000 people, arrested or indicted 50,000 and currently has more journalists in jail than any country on the planet. Frankly, he is a democratically elected totalitarian dictator.
One of the biggest reasons for the fight has to do with the definitation of a terrorist. The Turks think the Kurds are terrorists. The PKK is considered a terrorist gorup by the Turks and to be honest, the Americans and the EU. The problem is that the U.S.'s closest ally in Syria Turkish organization known as the PYD. They are a Kurdish gorup whom the Turks also consider terrorists. They work very closely with the U.S.
It has been reported that the Turks released classified info about 10 secret U.S. bases including location, number and makeup of personnel and general operations. To be specific, a story was released by the Turkish state-run Anadalou News Agency which released all of this information. Reporters from this state-run organizatoin claim this was their own investigation and also from public sources based upon statements from the PYD. However, this would absolutely not been allowed without the consent of Erdogan, who has clamped down on the media more than any country right now and those who don't play by his dictates has been sen tot prison. Also, the ongoing animosity is palpable.
This will be an interesting interview tonight.