Disinfo: The coup d'état against Erdogan was organised with the help of US special services

Summary

The failed coup d’état, which tried to overthrow the democratically elected president of Turkey, Erdogan, was organised with the US special services’ participation.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the secret elites (CIA, Global Government, Soros, secret services, etc.), which try to overthrow anti-American and anti-Western leaders of sovereign countries. See examples of this narrative regarding the Arab Spring, Colour Revolutions, and the Maidan Revolution. The claim that the US special services took part in the organisation of the coup d'état against Erdogan in 2016 is a conspiracy theory. See similar cases concerning the alleged Western attempts to overthrow President Erdogan such as the US is planning to overthrow Erdogan, Europe will overthrow Erdogan like they overthrew Yanukovych and the West is tired of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Turkey, US
  • Keywords: Secret elites / global elites, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Conspiracy theory, Secret services
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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