WikiLeaks Documents Benefited Israel: Turkey

Israel, as opposed to others in the Middle East, has benefited from the alleged US documents, released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Turkey says.

"It seems to us that the country which … is not mentioned much, especially in the Middle East, or which this development seems to favor is Israel," AFP quoted Turkey’s Interior Minister Besir Atalay as saying on Thursday.

The website has released thousands of reported United States diplomatic cables, leveling insult against some world statesmen, including Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"This is how we see it in a way when we look in the context of who is benefitting and who is being harmed," Atalay said.

The releases have said that the respected Turkish leader lacks "vision" and "analytic depth" and reads "minimally."

The premier has said that the credibility of the website itself is “questionable,” DPA reported.

English-language Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman has said that the documents, which have been reported by US and European news outlets, provided “often unflattering assessments” of foreign leaders.

Voicing doubt over the documents, Erdogan said, "That’s why we’re waiting to see what comes from WikiLeaks. Then we can evaluate it and give an opinion.”

"One should analyze why this happened, who did it and why, who is benefitting and who is being harmed," said Atalay, who has ordered an investigation into the expositions.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also expressed doubt about the recently released documents, obtained and published by the WikiLeaks website, saying the US administration "released" the material intentionally.

"The material was not leaked, but rather released in an organized way," he said in reply to a question by a Press TV correspondent on Monday.

"The countries in the region are like friends and brothers, and these malicious acts will not affect their relations," the Iranian president added.

(Press TV)

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