A Turkish analyst disclosed that the CIA agents were hiding in a church, leading the coup on the night of July 15.
“Fethullah Gulen was the main orchestrator of the July 15 coup with the CIA support,” Malik Kaya told the Persian service of Tasnim news agency on Monday.
“The Turkish media declared that 8 high-ranking CIA officials had hidden in a church at the night of the coup and led it from there, but after witnessing their failure, they fled to Greece on a helicopter,” he added.
Kaya said that the 8 CIA agents were accompanied by 8 Turkish army officers whose names were then declared as the leaders of the coup without any reference to the CIA agents.
Reports said in August that a Turkish prosecutor filed an indictment against the CIA and FBI for having active involvement in the July failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and using Pennsylvania-based terrorist Gulen to ramp up opposition to Erdogan in the Turkish military.
“The CIA and FBI provided training in several subjects to the cadre raised in the culture centers belonging to the Gulen movement,” the indictment, filed in the Edirne Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, read, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
“This [failed coup] attempt aimed to weaken the state with all its institutions by getting rid of the government completely. Those in the Gulen movement who work in the judicial and security institutions and who received the aforementioned training, took on this task and moved into action.”