Who recorded the Oslo meetings?
The Oslo meetings (meetings between the Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK] and government representatives) have changed Turkey's agenda.
For a long time, we have discussed who recorded the meetings. In fact, both media organizations close to the government and centrist media have blamed some groups for recording and disclosing the meetings. There are still some intellectuals who knowingly or unknowingly continue to blame these groups. And there are even some "renowned" journalists who still claim that as a result of a power struggle within the country these records have been leaked.

For some reason, some journalists have decided to ignore this option: Couldn't it be the PKK that was behind the disclosure of the Oslo meetings? It is especially those journalists who zealously believe that the PKK wants to make peace who do not consider that the PKK or at least a wing of it undermines the Oslo process.

Some circles close to the government have also supported the claims that the PKK did not leak information about the Oslo meetings to the press. In fact, some of them have leaked these assessments to the press. Moreover, when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was informed about this leak, the relationship between the government and these circles was spoiled.

Erdoğan and the government, who believed these mischief-makers' claims, have not blamed the PKK for the disclosure of the Oslo meetings. They also considered the disclosure of the Oslo meetings as a signal of a power struggle with the government.

Until a few months ago, Erdoğan never implied that those who leaked the recording of the Oslo meeting were the PKK. However, during the last few months Erdoğan openly stated that it was the PKK that had leaked information about the Oslo meetings. I tried to find the real reasons for the change in Erdoğan's discourse. What happened now? Why did Erdoğan change his mind and start to blame the PKK for disclosing the recording of the Oslo meeting?

While trying to understand these questions, I obtained important information about it. I should note that it is just hearsay. There is no document, and I have not had the opportunity to check it. But I combined the information that I obtained recently with my previous knowledge about the issue and asked an expert to interpret this situation. Since I am convinced of the reliability of the information, I want to share it with you.

According to the information that I obtained, the microphone was planted on the translator from the PKK side. In fact, when we listen carefully, there are two translators in the meetings. Before obtaining this information, I did not notice that there were two translators in the meeting.

A technical examination was conducted in order to identify who recorded the meeting. In this technical examination, the echo levels between speech in the recording was measured. The strategy functions as follows. There is a connection between the echo of the speech and the speakers' distance to the microphone. In other words, the echoes of the speakers from different distances are recorded differently.

However, there have been some technical problems since the technical team was not informed about the seating plan of the participants. Moreover, during the voice analysis the tension coefficient of the speakers was examined. And it showed that the tension level of the speaker affects the sound waves.

As a result of the examination, it was revealed that it is most likely that the microphone was planted on the translator of the PKK side. When you listen to the recordings carefully by considering this fact, you will probably notice that while the other voices of speakers, especially National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan's voice, come from a distance, the voice of the translator comes from a very short distance.

It was also claimed that the translator is seeking asylum in a European country and receives support from the intelligence organization of this country on this issue. The journalist who can obtain information from the PKK notes that senior PKK leader Mustafa Karasu and his team do not deny that they recorded the meetings. We also know that the voice recordings first posted on a website that is close to the PKK but were removed when Murat Karayılan, the second man after Abdullah Öcalan in the PKK, stepped in.

Even though Karayılan has denied all responsibility for the PKK in this leaking of transcripts in an interview that he gave Radikal journalist Avni Özgürel, it seems that the government was convinced that the PKK did not do it. However, later on, Erdoğan clearly stated that the Oslo recordings were leaked by the PKK and that they cannot trust the PKK on this issue.

And this shows that the government has spent the last months in order to uncover those who leaked information about the Oslo meetings, and now the government acts according to the results of the technical examination. I am aware that some groups who zealously believe that the PKK wants to make peace will have difficulty accepting this fact that has shown to them that the PKK is unreliable.

The question then is: Why did the PKK leak the fifth Oslo meeting, which was attended by Fidan as the government representative, instead of previous meetings? However, the real question is this: Why do the PKK leaders persistently underline that this was the fifth Oslo meeting and that there were four more meetings as well. In other words, they want to stress that there were several meetings and that it was a long process. And did the PKK plan to target the government first?

EMRE USLU (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
Last Modified: 2012-11-03 10:00:02
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