Leaked Report: Over 6,000 Turkish Spies Active In Germany And Austria

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A new report has leaked information that the Turkish spy agency has over 6,000 operatives in Germany and may reach into neighbouring Austria as well. According to a new report from German media, the Turkish intelligence service, known at MIT, has over 6,000 operatives in Germany and may play a part in the recent pro-Erdogan sentiment among the Turkish diaspora. The MIT has even pressured German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere to act against supporters of Imam Fethullah Gülen, the man President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for being behind the failed coup last month. The MIT have allowed Erdogan to keep close ties to the Turkish community in Germany Kronen Zeitung reports. Erich Schmidt-Eenboom, an expert on intelligence agencies in Germany said: “The activities of the Turkish secret service MIT were always tolerated in Germany. This is no longer about intelligence reconnaissance, but increasingly used to acquire intelligence to repress.” The charge has been confirmed by Green party MP Christian Ströbele who said that the German domestic intelligence, German police and other authorities needed to reexamine their relationship with the Turkish spy agency.  Ströbele promised to make formal requests into the matter in the Bundestag after the summer. “I’m going to put the subject ‘work of