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WikiLeaks publishes emails from internal server of Turkey’s ruling party. Romania mentioned in 99 of the 294,548 emails

*Klaus Iohannis, Victor Ponta and Mihai Razvan Ungureanu among the names mentioned


Romania is mentioned in 99 of the 294,548 emails from the internal server of Turkey’s ruling party, emails published by WikiLeaks. Ex-premier Victor Ponta, known for his close links with the current Turkish regime, is mentioned in three emails. In one of them, President Klaus Iohannis and current Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE) Director Mihai Razvan Ungureanu are also mentioned.

The emails were used mainly for the “management of foreign affairs” and not for sensitive domestic issues, WikiLeaks informed. The emails concerning Romania are no exception.

For instance, Victor Ponta is mentioned in a Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research report sent by email in October 2015, before the general elections in Turkey. The aforementioned document reviews the regional situation, with a focus on fiscal policies.

In regard to Romania, it states that the National Bank of Romania (BNR) is expected to maintain its monetary policy. The Romanian economy was on the rise, but Goldman Sachs Global Investment analysts were warning about BNR’s potential change of tone. “In our view, these growth dynamics, as well as uncertainty about the magnitude of the fiscal expansion for next year (given ongoing discussions about public wage increases and new proposals from PM Ponta for further tax cuts), are ultimately likely to cause the BNR to adopt a more hawkish tone,” the document quoted by Digi24 reads.

Another email mentions the appointment of ex-premier and ex-foreign minister Razvan Ungureanu at the helm of the Romanian Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE). In this context, Victor Ponta was mentioned as saying that President Klaus Iohannis did not consult him on this decision. The aforementioned source also mentions PSD’s boycott of the vote in Parliament.

Mihai Razvan Ungureanu was appointed SIE Director by Parliament on 30 June 2015, with 278 votes in favour and 6 against, out of a total of 284 votes cast.

Victor Ponta’s name also appears in an email sent in the autumn of 2014, which mentions a series of meetings that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had at the UN. Victor Ponta, his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were among his interlocutors.

Turkey’s internet supervision authority has blocked Turkish internet users’ access to the WikiLeaks website, after WikiLeaks published documents identified as emails from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Turkey’s telecommunications commission informed on Wednesday that an “administrative measure” was taken against WikiLeaks, a term that usually means blocking access to websites.

According to Agerpres, Julian Assange’s organisation posted on Twitter a link to a database of 294,548 emails and “many thousands” of attachments from 762 email addresses linked to AKP’s akparti.org.tr domain.

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