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Free Beacon: Turkey Has $800K Bounty on Two US Officials

Free Beacon: Turkey Has $800K Bounty on Two US Officials
A large poster of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen hanging over a main street on October 25, 2016 in Rize Turkey.(Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 17 December 2017 09:21 AM

A 3 million lira bounty ($800,000) has been placed on two former U.S. officials by a Turkish ally over "absurd" allegations of working to topple Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the failed 2016 coup, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Ex-Pentagon official Michael Rubin and ex-CIA official Graham Fuller have been targeted by Erdogan's wealth ally as "traitors wanting to interfere," allegedly working to undermine the Turkish president.

"The notion that current or former employees of the United States government were involved in the failed coup is absurd," a current State Department official told the Free Beacon.

Rubin and Fuller have been vocal in their criticism of Erdogan's regime.

"The State Department's silence in the wake of Turkey putting a bounty on two Americans — both of whom were government officials — sends a horrible signal that encourages Turkey," Rubin told the Free Beacon. "All it takes is one crazy who equates silence with a green light and things can get bad fast.

"This, after all, is a regime that saw nothing wrong with beating up protestors in the center of Washington, D.C. [last June]."

Turkish prosecutors have arrest warrants for both Rubin and Fuller, according to the report.

"It's a pathetic effort to try and inculpate Americans like Graham Fuller and Michael Rubin as somehow being responsible for the coup to distract attention, frankly, from the corruption," former U.S. ambassador to Turkey Edelman told the Free Beacon.

". . . No one is calling [Erdogan] to account. The president meets with him in New York in September and says, 'Everything is great,' and then Erdogan goes back to Turkey and on his itinerary is a trip to Tehran . . . It's not two thumbs in the eye, it's three thumbs in the eye to Trump."

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A 3 million lira bounty ($800,000) has been placed on two former U.S. officials by a Turkish ally over "absurd" allegations of working to topple Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the failed 2016 coup, according to The Washington Free Beacon.Ex-Pentagon official...
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