A Two-Faced Friendship: Turkey Is ‘Partner and Target’ for the NSA

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Source: SpiegelOnline, by Laura Poitras, Marcel Rosenbach, Michael Sontheimer and Holger Stark, 8/31/2014

Photo Gallery: More Interesting than Cuba Documents from the archive of whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal wide-scale spying against Turkey by America’s NSA and Britain’s GCHQ. They also show the US worked closely with Ankara to battle Kurdish separatists. Getty Images

On a December night in 2011, a terrible thing happened on Mount Cudi, near the Turkish-Iraqi border. One side described it as a massacre; the other called it an accident.

Several Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombed a caravan of villagers that night, apparently under the belief that they were guerilla fighters with the separatist Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The group was returning from northern Iraq and their mules were loaded down with fuel canisters and other cargo. They turned out to be smugglers, not PKK fighters. Some 34 people died in the attack.An American Predator drone flying overhead had detected the group…

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