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 byTeoman Koman
Succeeded byŞenkal Atasagun
Personal details
Born (1940-03-08) 8 March 1940 (age 78)
Filiz Akın (m. 1994)
Alma materAnkara University
OccupationCivil 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]