Columnist: Security breach led to leak of İmralı logs

5 March 2013 /TODAYSZAMAN.COM, İSTANBUL – The minutes of a meeting on İmralı Island between three pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) deputies and the jailed leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) recently published by a Turkish daily made their way to the press via a security breach at the BDP headquarters, a columnist has claimed.

Last week the Milliyet daily published logs from the meeting between PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and the three BDP deputies, who visited him last week at İmralı Prison, located on an island in the Sea of Marmara. BDP deputies Pervin Buldan, Altan Tan and Sırrı Süreyya Önder made up the delegation, formed following approval by the prime minister.

Eyüp Can, the editor-in-chief of the Radikal daily, wrote in his column on Tuesday that according to the BDP, which denied being behind the media leak, it was a security breach that led to the leak.

Can said that Namık Durukan, the reporter who made the notes public, is familiar with BDP circles and has been covering Kurdish politics, especially news concerning the BDP, for years. According to his claim, Durukan went to BDP headquarters in Ankara after he heard that the notes of the İmralı meeting were there. The notes had been given to two officials for photocopying. Durukan, who knew the man responsible for making copies, requested and received a personal copy of the minutes.