A video showing images of two Turkish diplomats in Iraq speaking against the government, has turned into a scandal at the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Mehr News quoted Turkish daily Hurriyet that the video of two Turkish diplomats Turkey’s Arbil Consul Aydın Selcen and Middle East General Director Ethem Tokdemir, was recorded during a dinner to mark the end of Tokdemir’s tenure in Baghdad. It was sent to the Foreign Ministry with a note saying: “They’re drinking alcohol and speaking against the government.”
The Ministry received an implicit threat that the video would be released on the Internet, but Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu reportedly prevented this from happening by taking the “necessary steps.”
The video did not have any copies and was not registered to any other computer than Tokdemir’s. It remains unknown how and by whom the video was obtained and sent to Davutoğlu.