Hakan Fidan

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Hakan Fidan
Chief of the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 May 2010
President Abdullah Gül
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Preceded by Emre Taner
Personal details
Born 1968 (age 45–46)
Ankara, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Civil servant (intelligence)

Hakan Fidan (born 1968, Ankara) is a Turkish soldier, teacher, diplomat and is currently the Head Of National Intelligence Organization (Turkey).[1]

Career[edit]

After a first degree in management and political sciences at University of Maryland University College he did a master's and doctorate at Bilkent University. He was a non-commissioned officer in the Turkish Army from 1986 to 2001. Since May 2010, he is the undersecretary (i.e. chief) of the governmental intelligence agency of Turkey, the National Intelligence Organization (Turkish: Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı, MİT).

He was head of the Turkish Development and Cooperation Agency[2][3] from 2003 to 2007.[4] In November 2007 he was appointed as a deputy-undersecretary in the Prime Ministry.[3][5]

Controversies[edit]

In 2009 he was involved in secret peace talks with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Oslo, and he was later delegated to hold talks with Abdullah Öcalan and arranged the secret black marketing of Iran through Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's government.[6][7]

In 2014, voice recordings, where he, foreign minister Davutoğlu, Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Yasar Güler, and other military personnel discusses a potential false flag incursion into Syria, was leaked to YouTube and shared across Twitter. The event resulted in the Turkish government blocking access to Twitter, then YouTube, and finally the DNS servers of Google DNS and OpenDNS.[8] In the voice recording, he is heard saying, to a military personnel, "... [i]f legitimacy [of a possible incursion into Syria] is an issue, I can simply send a few men there [across the Syria-Turkey border] and have them launch missiles over to us. Legitimacy is not a problem. Legitimacy can be manufactured." Seymour Hersh later linked what was said in this leaked meeting with CIA-Erdoğan dealings on Syria.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hakan Fidan". 
  2. ^ Today's Zaman, 19 April 2010, Hakan Fidan becomes next head of Turkish intelligence
  3. ^ a b "Hakan Fidan slated to be next head of Turkish intelligence". Dünya. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dr Hakan Fidan" (PDF). Yesevi.edu.tr. 
  5. ^ Vatan, 11 February 2012, Hakan Fidan kimdir? Özgeçmişinde neler var? İşte engenç MİT Başkanı'nın özgeçmişi
  6. ^ Al Jazeera, 22 March 2013, Profile: Turkey's 'secret-keeper' Hakan Fidan
  7. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 22 March 2013, Investigation of Turkish Intelligence head won’t proceed, says prosecutor
  8. ^ Censorship of Twitter#Turkey
  9. ^ Hersh, Seymour M. (April 6, 2014). "The Red Line and the Rat Line". London Review of Books. Retrieved 6 April 2014.