Hundreds of thousands of e-mails sent by AKP, the ruling party in Turkey, have been published by WikiLeaks. The organization has tweeted a link that leads to a database containing a total of 294 548 e-mails and “many thousands” of attachments sent from 762 addresses linked to AKP’s akparti.org.tr domain. The e-mail attached to this domain are mainly used to communicate with the outside world and not for sensitive domestic issues, WikiLeaks stated on its site.
The most recent message was posted on July 6, while the first one dates back to 2010. The materials were obtained a week before the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, Wikileaks explained, stating that they have checked both the materials and the source. The source of WikiLeaks, the organization said, has no connections to “elements involved in the coup attempt, political parties” or to the Turkish government’s “rival states”.
After the organization announced the fact that these e-mails have been published, the authorities in Ankara have blocked access to the WikiLeaks site. It is an “administrative measure,” said the Turkish Telecommunication Authority. After the coup attempt, Turkey has banned a number of news portals and sites.