Prominent journalist and author Şener spent more than a year in jail because of a FETÖ plot. He spoke to Daily Sabah about how he has fought Gülenists and how they orchestrated the coup attempt, backed by the CIA
Nedim Şener, (right) an investigative journalist and one of the most prominent victims of the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ), in an interview with Daily Sabah, said he is sure the group was behind the failed July 15 coup attempt and that the CIA was tacitly backing it.
DS: How did the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) stage a plot against you?
I was a reporter for the Milliyet daily. The Ergenekon investigations had not yet started. As I talked to a friend from the police department, he said that some people were committing fraud on evidence in the Hrant Dink case. I found out that FETÖ's police officers, who were supposed to shed light on the case, played a part in the murder. FETÖ needed a plot for the Ergenekon operations to kick off.
Inspectors from the Prime Ministry were investigating the murder. They were threatened by Ramazan Akyürek. In general, FETÖ's network in the judiciary and the police department helped them to whitewash their crimes. Their network in the media is also crucial. Look, Adem Yavuzarslan, Nazlı Ilıcak and Bayram Kaya claimed in every book they wrote that I was a member of the Ergenekon terror group and was trying to put all the blame on police officers in an attempt to smear them. I have been fighting [against these allegations] since 2009. I found out that the fraud in this murder could greatly damage the law in Turkey. That's why I felt the need to write the book.
I said it at that time, too. Advocating for us and protecting FETÖ journalists are not the same thing. Look at what the Zaman daily wrote and you will see what kind of activities they were in. You cannot talk about freedom of the press while you are a part of the operation to lock up journalists.
DS: Gülen gathered the western media shortly after the July 15 coup attempt and claimed he was not behind it. Do you think Gülen's FETÖ is behind the attempt?
You do not even have to ask me if I think. I said it from the beginning based on the information I received.
I wrote in my book about FETÖ in 2009 what I will say today as well. FETÖ is an intelligence service under the control of the CIA. I think the U.S. is behind the coup attempt because they are linked to FETÖ. There is a polarization in Turkey, which I can see in columns and articles against Erdoğan.
Şenkal Atasagun [former intelligence agency head] said previously in 1999 and 2003 that FETÖ is a U.S. project and linked to the CIA. Sönmez Köksal [former intelligence agency head] said in a 1997 report that FETÖ worked with the CIA. MİT Istanbul head Nuri Gündeşin said the same thing in his book as well. He claimed that most English teachers in FETÖ schools are CIA agents, which he learned at a high level meeting held by Gülenists. The MİT has it on record; there are documents.
Two CIA agents were present when Gülen's residence permit was discussed in the U.S. One of them was Graham Fuller. Gülen had his residence permit extended thanks to a letter of recommendation from the CIA. How many letters of recommendation has the CIA written so far for residence permits of supposed scholars such as Gülen? I have asked many American journalists and academics this. No answer yet.
No, the U.S. will not extradite Gülen. The U.S. still wants to use FETÖ. The U.S. has agents in FETÖ schools across the world. FETÖ can be used for various operations in every part of the world. Would you extradite him? Gülen still has many more agents within state institutions that he can make use of.
Think of a scenario. It is about a coup attempt. We make a deal. You are the army and I am the ambitious Erdoğan who wants an executive presidency with more powers. We play the scenario. I get more powers and the executive presidency when the scenario is over. What do you get? You get to be a traitor and have a life sentence. What kind of a scenario is this? Gülen said it was like a Hollywood movie. He is trying to cover his dirt, knowing that the west will buy it.
FETÖ can carry out small-scale operations. Some politicians and prominent figures can be assassinated, Kurdish politicians in particular. The grand powers that planned this coup attempt will not easily accept the defeat and give up. They will not stop. We should be prepared for anything. We cannot know what FETÖ will bring on in three months.
Hrant Dink Case
Dink, the editor-in-chief of the Agos weekly, was killed in broad daylight by Ogün Samast, 17, on Jan. 19, 2007. His murder caused public outrage and was initially blamed on ultra-nationalists angry over Dink's comments on Turkish-Armenian relations, a sensitive issue for nationalists.