Congress Cancelled Drones to Turkey After Intel Breach


The U.S. Congress canceled the delivery of 10 Predator drones to Turkey due to a Turkish intelligence disclosure of an Israeli espionage operation to Iran, The Jerusalem Post reported, quoting the Turkish daily Taraf.

The U.S. was scheduled to deliver the unmanned vehicles to Turkey in June 2012, but the Congress scuttled the deal after learning of collaboration between Turkey’s MIT intelligence agency and Iran’s intelligence service, according to Taraf.

Last week, the Washington Post reported that Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan had made use of information about Israeli spying in Iran gained from years of close cooperation between Israel and Turkey.

According to the Turkish daily Hurriyet, Turkey’s intelligence agencies believe that Israel was behind the Washington Post report, an attempt to discredit Fidan.

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal said that Fidan has aroused American ire over his alleged role in allowing arms to be smuggled to jihadist rebels in Syria.