WikiLeaks to release documents on Turkey’s power structure

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves from his car after leaving his residence in Istanbul to attend a funeral service for the victims of a thwarted coup at Fatih mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. (File photo: Reuters)

WikiLeaks said on Monday it was planning to release documents on Turkey's political power structure after a failed coup attempt over the weekend.

"Get ready for a fight as we release 100k+ docs on Turkey's political power structure," WikiLeaks said on its Twitter feed.

The announcment comes as several world leaders told Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that his government must respect the rule of law, as Ankara continues a widespread purge of the army, police and other officials after a failed coup attempt which killed over 260 people.

Thirty Turkish governors and more than 50 high-ranking civil servants have been removed from their posts, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Monday, following in the wake of Friday's coup attempt.

The attempted coup by a section of Turkey's military was an act of treason and is a reason to "clean up" the armed forces, Erdogan said early on Saturday, hours after the armed forces attempted to overthrow him.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51