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Turkey's allies condemn YouTube ban

Published on Mar 28, 2014 2:36 PM
A man tries to get connected to the youtube web site with his tablet at a cafe in Istanbul on March 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkey's European and American allies have condemned Ankara for banning YouTube after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting debating possible military action in Syria.

"This is another desperate and depressing move in Turkey," tweeted European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes.

Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the United States had been "very strongly saying (to Turkish officials) that they need to stop doing this".

The recording purports to be of senior Turkish government, military and spy officials discussing plans to stage an armed clash in Syria or a missile attack that would serve as a pretext for a military response.

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