Erdogan, newspaper editor trade barbs over Syria trucks video

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Turkish daily Cumhuriyet has responded to President Erdogan’s threat over video showing Turkish intelligence purportedly shipping arms to Syria.

CumhuriyetThe editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, a center-left Turkish daily newspaper, has reacted with threat of his own to threats by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over a Syria trucks video.

Khabaronline.ir on June 2 reported the exchange of threats between the Turkish president and the daily’s chief. The following is the translation of the report:

President Erdogan on Monday threatened that the newspaper’s chief will pay a heavy price for publishing video footage – dated January 2014 – showing the MIT state intelligence agency helping send weapons to terrorist groups in Syria.

“The individual who has reported this as an exclusive story will pay a high price for this,” Erdogan said in a television interview with state broadcaster TRT late on Sunday. “I will not let this go.”

In response, Can Dundar tweeted on his page that the one who has committed this crime will pay a heavy price, saying, “We will not let him go easily.”

The Cumhuriyet newspaper published footage on its website on Friday which it said showed gendarmerie and police officers in Adana, southern Turkey, opening crates of what it described as weapons and ammunition on the back of three trucks belonging to MIT (The National Intelligence Organization).

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