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Turkey labels video leak on YouTube a pre-election 'plot'

Published on Mar 28, 2014 7:15 PM

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey vowed action on Friday against the source of a bugged recording of a security meeting on Syria leaked on YouTube, labelling it a conspiratorial "plot" ahead of key local elections.

"Such a cyber attack in a meeting in which military and security options are being discussed is no different than a military attack," charged Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, as prosecutors launched a probe into the eaves-dropping.

"We will take action against those who want to throw Turkey into chaos with political plotting," said Mr Davutoglu, one of the purported figures heard in the recording of the high-level meeting.

The social media release of the audio file was the latest targeting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government after a spate of other leaked recordings indicated a vast corruption scandal.

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