Re: INSIGHT - Gulen, Dogan Media Group, AKP
great, I will follow up with him this week and set up a mtg.
On Jan 18, 2010, at 8:38 AM, Emre Dogru wrote:
He lives in DC, I assume we are talking about the same guy. He likes acting as an important person though. He used to be a Gulenist at the university. Than he moved to the US for several reasons (one of which was to get rid of the Gulen community). He says that he doesn't know Gulen secrets anymore because he is not within the inner-circle. But he still keeps in touch with them.
I am sure you will act as if you don't know all these details. But you can easily talk about Gulen, he is not secretive. He will be in DC this Tuesday. He told me that Voice of America - Turkey wanted to make an interview with him about Iran but he doesn't know what to say. He asked me some stuff about Iran. If you share your expertise on international politics, he would be more willing to give you Gulen info. You can get better Gulen contacts from him.
On 1/18/10 4:27 PM, Reva Bhalla wrote:
Emre, excellent, excellent work. There is a lot of very good detail in here. I wasn't aware that the Hurriyet guy is the same one who I spoke with on the phone. This is the one in DC? I had planned to meet up with him in person. That is great if he is a useful Gulen contact. He might be more willing to talk in person if he is here. On Jan 18, 2010, at 3:37 AM, Emre Dogru wrote:
Reva, just a caveat about your point on "source duplication" that we talked last night: I am not sure but you might have talked with this Hurriyet guy on the phone. He said me that he knows your name. If you already got to know this guy, you may want to use him for Gulen-related purposes.
On 1/18/10 11:29 AM, Emre Dogru wrote:
From the source in Hurriyet whom I met this past Saturday. A guy from the Dogan Media Group (I guess from the finance desk) later joined us. I got to know the columnist from the alumni of our Faculty. This was the first time that I met both.
Hurriyet guy used to have (maybe he still does) good contacts within Gulen Movement (called Community). Then he got out of the community. He says that the hierarchy within the comm is extremely rigid. They work like in cell-organization. I am responsible for five persons. Another guy is responsible for five persons like me and so on. They are all asked about our "protegee"s financial and health situation by senior Gulenists.
There is no other organization like this to challenge them. They are very very powerful within the police. And (this is just a
personal opinion) they are working on the judiciary system to have more Gulenist judges. Gulenists never talk about politics with outsiders. It is almot impossible to get what they really think. They can discuss with you but only to a certain point. Then you're out. The real financial base is small-scale Anatolian businessmen and small shop owners. Junior Gulenists regularly visit them to collect the money.
Concerning AKP - Gulen relationship: Gulen officially supports a political party for the first time. However, Erdogan doesn't like
him (or hates him). The entire relationship is based on mutual interests. Gulen needs a powerful political party, AKP needs broad political support.
They had a major dispute over Ergenekon. At a certain point, Erdogan thought that things might get screwed and wanted to back down a bit. But Gulen insisted on deepening the probe. In the past, the entire rhetoric of the comm. was based on
"tolerance". But now, they don't show mercy for those who don't support them. They show target and destroy. Community acts more aggressively.
After the Erdogan - Aydin Dogan spat followed by the tax fine, Dogan media group now is in big big trouble. Aydin Dogan might be even sent to the jail. In a month or so, all newspapers (except for Hurriyet) owned by Dogan will be sold. The client is decided: Koza Group.
Koza Group is Gulenist and responsible for managing the budget of Gulen Comm. which is earmarked for media operations. The most prominent chief editor of Turkey (Hurriyet) was replaced by another guy after 25 years. Also, all the executive boards of these newspapers are being shuffled. Dogan family members are being replaced by 'professionals'. Tax and other things are just parts of this grand strategy.
After this operation, around 70-80% of the Turkish media will be owned by Gulen. There is only one month left. (I asked why secular business groups don't react) They all care about the money and not really willing to have a war with AKP.
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