Date of release: 2017/3/19
The German foreign intelligence agency blew up Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's account of the attempted coup d'état in July last year, in which the Turkish preacher, Fethullah Gulen, is a resident of the United States.
Bruno Cal, head of the German Foreign Intelligence Service, said the German government did not believe Gulen was behind the botched coup in Turkey last July.
"Turkey has tried to convince us at all levels, but it has not worked yet," Cal said in an interview with Der Spiegel newspaper published on Saturday.
In response to whether Gulen was militant or terrorist, Cal said it was "a civic organization aimed at offering more religious teachings."
"Before July 15, the government had already begun a major clearance operation, which made parts of the army think it should take a coup quickly before they were also hit," he said.
"Russia has increased its combat power on the western border," Cal said. "All of this can not be seen as a defense against the West."
"Russia can influence the federal elections scheduled for September 24 in Germany," he said, adding "at least we should expect this to happen."