Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been exposed of having eight secret Swiss bank accounts.
Of all the world leaders burned by this week’s WikiLeaks disclosures, the one in the most hot water may be Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is livid that a US diplomatic cable claims he has eight secret Swiss bank accounts.
Erdogan insisted on Wednesday that the US diplomat who reported the claims in a State Department memo should be punished for slandering him.
He also said he was willing to resign if Turkey’s opposition can prove the memo was accurate. The classified cable from December 2004 from then-US Ambassador Eric Edelman states:
“We have heard from two contacts that Erdogan has eight accounts in Swiss banks. His explanations that his wealth comes from the wedding presents guests gave his son and that a Turkish businessman is paying the educational expenses of all four Erdogan children in the US purely altruistically are lame.”
Turkey’s main opposition party has opened an investigation into the allegation. Meantime, Erdogan fairs poorly in several other WikiLeaks documents, including another Edelman cable which accuses him of “unbridled ambition stemming from the belief [Allah] has anointed him to lead Turkey.”
In 2010, new US ambassador James Jeffrey also condemns Turkish leaders’ for their “special yen for destructive drama and rhetoric,” and for throwing their support behind “underdogs” such as Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
A Turkish daily said US President Barack Obama has called Erdogan this week to try to smooth things over, but the Turkish leader suggested today his government is considering legal action against the American diplomats.
Source: Jerusalem Post.
In my childhood i first heard about “secret Swiss bank accounts”.
To point a finger towards the Islamic Prime Minister of Turkey playing double games with his own Tax authorities, would be injustice.
Because the head of the Turkish Income Department Tax probably has a secret Swiss account him self. And do not be surprised, that a lot of US Lawmakers also have such accounts. In the US it is called to “take my money offshore”.
So who is trying to fool who in this matter?