Tag Archives: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks: US Views Erdogan as ‘Power Hungry Islamist’

In Tuesday’s online edition of the German Der Spiegel–one of five international media outlets that published the WikiLeaks cables–a piece entitled “America’s Dark View of Turkish Premier Erdogan,” pieces together the serious concerns by US diplomats about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the American perspective of the Turkish leader.

WikiLeaks: US Ambassador Connects EU Membership with Facing Past, Mocks Historiography in Turkey

In a report about Erdogan and the AK Party after two years in power, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman notes that the study of history in the country is subject to “to rigid taboos, denial, fears, and mandatory gross distortions,” noting that without facing its past, Turkey cannot take on the challenge of becoming an EU member. “Until Turkey can reconcile itself to its past, including the troubling aspects of its Ottoman past, in free and open debate, how will Turkey reconcile itself to the concept and practice of reconciliation in the EU?” asks Edelman.