Sönmez Köksal

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Sönmez Köksal
Chief of the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey
In office
9 November 1992 – 11 February 1998
Preceded by Teoman Koman
Succeeded by Şenkal Atasagun
Personal details
Born March 1940 (age 75)
Nationality Turkish
Alma mater Ankara University
Occupation Civil servant

Sönmez Köksal (born 8 March 1940) is a career Turkish civil servant. He served in a variety of positions largely in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in international organisations representing Turkey, and was Turkey's Ambassador to Iraq (1986 - 1990). He was head of the National Intelligence Organization (Turkish: Milli İstihbarat Teşkilatı, MİT) from 1992 to 1998, and subsequently Turkey's Ambassador to France (1998 - 2002).[1][2] Köksal was the first civilian head of the MIT, breaking the tradition of appointing generals.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ mit.gov.tr, UNDERSECRETARIES OF THE MIT BIOGRAPHIES: Sönmez KÖKSAL
  2. ^ kimkimdir.gen.tr, Sönmez Köksal (1940 - .... )
  3. ^ Lale Kemal, Today's Zaman, 8 April 2010, Turkey searches for new intelligence chief