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Controversial Turkish Whistle blower fuatavni captured in Turkish Prime Ministry. (DS).
Holders of the controversial Twitter account under the name of Fuat Avni (@fuatavni), which has extensively been used by Gülenists for manipulative propaganda and intimidation purposes, were reportedly captured in an operation late Tuesday.
According to Milliyet daily's Ankara representative Tolga Şardan, nine computer engineers working at the prime ministry's informatics division were detained in the operation against account holders at the Prime Ministry's annex in Kızılay district.
Other sources reported that the main figure running the account was Akif Mustafa Koçyiğit, who was working as the head of collection center of the Prime Ministry, a key position where intelligence is gathered.
The account, using its sources at key governmental posts, leaked confidential decisions by the government, accompanied with threats, insults and commentaries targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other government officials.
Update: @fuatavni denies he was captured or arrested:
Turkish media report whistleblower Fuat Avi has been apprehended. He responds: "You caught me again (!)" Ha https://t.co/jRp4RU4NqT— Mike van der Galien (@MichaelvdGalien) July 20, 2016
@ExMiliMed1 @MFS001 he himself says not and says he's still workinhttps://t.co/uLuRw6M82d— Dallicious (@dallicious050) July 20, 2016
Yine mi yakaladınız beni (!) Görevimin başındayım. Narsist ile hesabımı kapattığımda bu hesabı kendim kapatacağım.— fuatavni (@fuatavni_f) July 20, 2016