Wikileaks has managed to drop its near 300,000 Turkish parliamentary emails and documents, despite being hit with a sustained denial of service attack over the past few days. This comes in response to the purges taking place in Turkey following its recent coup attempt, which has seen thousands of political and military officials suspended or imprisoned.
The attempted coup d’état saw a branch of the Turkish military try to seize power in the country and though it was swiftly put down, the aftermath is far from over. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has since instilled what many analysts are calling a ‘purge’ of many areas of government, the school system and the military.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 19, 2016
Turkey has also blocked access to Wikileaks since the emails were released and there was a suspicious DDOS attack against the site after it announced the plan to release such documents.
Edward Snowden, among many, found that rather suspicious.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) July 19, 2016
Regardless though, the emails are now out there and there’s a lot to go through. Already phone numbers for many of the ruling party’s officials and advisers have turned up and though Turkish people may find it difficult to read them, Wikileaks and movements like Anonymous, have encourage Tor and VPN usage to circumvent the block.
The fall out from this document leak will take some time to manifest, as even with all of the people interested in the email contents, 300,000 is a lot to go through. There is also a lot of translating work that needs to be completed before the world at large can truly appreciate their content.
It seems likely though that the DDOS attack was to prevent them from being made available, so it may be that something juicy is in there somewhere.
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