Claim: Turkish intelligence chief praises DAESH

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Claim: Turkish intelligence chief praises DAESH

2016-01-07 08:21 GMT
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Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek quotes sentences Turkish intelligence chief did not say

Hakan Fidan, the head of National Intelligence Organization of Turkey

On 9 Dec. 2015, an article titled Slavoj Žižek: We need to talk about Turkey was published in the New Statesman. Philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek made several claims with respect to Turkey's stance on the DAESH terrorist group in this article. One of these claims was of particular importance, as it was based on the assumption that Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan said something he did not really say.

Mr. Fidan was purported to have said: "ISIS (another name of DAESH) is a reality and we have to accept that we cannot eradicate a well-organized and popular establishment such as the Islamic State (DAESH); therefore I urge my western colleagues to revise their mindset about Islamic political currents, put aside their cynical mentalité and thwart Vladimir Putin's plans to crush Syrian Islamist revolutionaries."

These words propagated to have been said by Hakan Fidan were swiftly removed from the article by the site administration as soon as it was realized that Fidan never uttered them. The editor put a note at the end which read, "This article originally included a statement that was falsely attributed to the head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization. This has now been removed." The truncated version of the article1 is still accessible.

Žižek accepted in another article2 published on the New Statesman that he was misled: “After friends informed me about these statements, I searched for them on the web and found a couple of sites with them, plus I did not find any sites denying them. So I quoted the statements, mentioning the website where I found them.”