Former US general allegedly plotted to kidnap Gulen, send him to Turkey
Nov 11 2017
The Alliance for Shared Values, a group representing Gülen supporters in the US, said: "The US justice system should be commended for not giving in to the Turkish government's campaign against Mr Gülen, no matter how nefarious a plan the Erdogan regime could concoct nor how much money it could offer people who might entertain such plans".
Former White House national security adviser Mike Flynn and his son are alleged to have been offered as much as $15 million to forcibly remove from the U.S. a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, The Wall Street Journalreports. Gulen has denied Erdogan's claims.
If this sounds vaguely familiar, it's because the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year on a meeting Flynn hosted in NY in September 2016, in which participants basically talked about kidnapping Fethullah Gulen, removing him from his home in Pennsylvania, circumventing America's extradition process, and delivering him to Turkey's government, which considers Gulen a risky enemy.
The FBI is seeking to determine if former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn met with senior Turkish officials ahead of President Trump's inauguration to discuss Flynn secretly carrying out directives from Ankara while in the White House, according to reports.
Flynn is also facing military, congressional and criminal investigations into his financial ties to both Turkey and Russian Federation.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey, an unpaid adviser to Flynn Intel Group who attended the meeting, has said that the idea of kidnapping Gulen and removing him to Turkey was discussed.
Today's Wall Street Journal report refers to another meeting, held three months later, in which the same topic was discussed: Flynn would "forcibly remove" Gulen, send him to Turkey, and receive millions of dollars for his efforts.
The December meeting about Mr Gulen was also reported on Friday by NBC.
Participation in an effort to snatch Gulen in the USA could expose Flynn to an assortment of federal charges. But by mid-December Trump had named Flynn national security adviser and he was playing a central role in the transition.
Flynn disclosed that meeting, but not the one in December, when he registered as a foreign agent of Turkey in March, just weeks after he was sacked from the White House.
Mr Flynn also failed to register as a lobbyist for the Turkish government while he was seeking White House security clearance. Flynn had written an op-ed in The Hill on Election Day calling on the USA government to extradite Gulen.