After the abortive coup, the Turkish intelligence service MIT is in Erdogan’s sights

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Some 150 agents have been sacked from the the Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT), Turkey’s intelligence service, in a post-abortive coup purge that could even see MIT chief Hakan Fidan’s head also roll. The service has been accused of failing to anticipate and prevent the attempted coup and being full of pro-Fethullah Gulen moles. But then they were rather short-staffed. Ironically, over the past year, the service has been purged of “Gulen sympathisers” a number of times (IOL 745).

Ibrahim Kalin
, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman, is eyeing Fidan’s job and now has free rein to lobby for it (IOL 760). If the coup had succeeded insiders say that Fidan would have been replaced by air force general Gökhan Sahin Sönmezates, who led the assault to capture Erdogan. 
MIT is not the only service to have been targeted : the head of military intelligence, Mustafa Ozsoy, who has been accused of being one of the plot leaders, is now in jail.