The head of the Democratic National Committee’s Heritage Council, who also happens to be an Islamic Turkish businessman, may have been providing political intelligence in emails to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
According to recently released emails, Murat Guzel was interviewed by the FBI earlier this year along with several Turkish nationals linked to its government. These revealing emails were discovered after the email account of Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister and President Erdogan’s son-in-law, was hacked for over 57,000 emails. These emails were released by wikileaks.
Guzel owns Nimeks, an organic juice company out of Pennsylvania, and has alot of Democratic connections. Guzel contributed $300,000 to committees that supported Hillary Clinton for president.
Guzel has visited the White House on many times in the last several years and even has a photo of himself meeting with Obama on his Facebook page.
The Daily Caller stated that in an email that was obtained and translated by a Turkish citizen, Guzel wrote;
“To stand by Erdogan and do whatever we can against evil powers is not just an act of kindness but rather an Islamic obligation upon all of us.”
Turkish President Erdogan has come under increasing pressure from human rights groups because of his crackdown on the Turkish press and dissenters. The group who hacked the emails decided to release them after their demands to the Turkish government asking for the release of imprisoned activists went unmet.
Guzel, who is also the director at MÜSİAD-USA, a Muslim business association that represents Turkish companies was discovered, through the hacked emails, reporting his activities to Albayrak as well as to Bilal Erdogan, the son of Turkey’s president, and Ibrahim Kalin, Erdogan’s press secretary. Guzel even asked the Turkish officials for help in coordinating his political activities in the U.S., then was directed to coordinate with other U.S.-based operatives to push Turkey’s political issues.
The DNC’s position on Guzel’s behind-the-scenes activities are yet unknown and they did not respond to several requests for comment. It’s also unknown if Guzel was working directly for the DNC at the time he sent the emails.
According to the Daily Caller, in a Sept. 8 email, Ibrahim Uyar, an executive at MÜSİAD-USA who co-founded a group called the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) along with Guzel, informed Albayrak that he was questioned for an hour by two FBI agents.
“They asked about MÜSİAD and TASC. They are accusing me of trying to intervene in American politics on behalf of our president and working as a secret agent in the name of the Republic of Turkey.”
As of now, the FBI will neither confirm nor deny any interviews with Guzel had taken place or if there is an ongoing investigation.
— jon jon (@itchydog22) December 8, 2016
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