Whistleblower Claims On Police Raids Against Gülenists Journalists

Turkey’s “Deep Throat,” an anonymous Twitter user and self-described Ankara insider, announced Thursday that police would conduct an extensive operation Friday that would result in the detention of roughly 150 journalists.

The report quickly spread through the newsrooms identified as targets in a series of tweets from the mysterious hellraiser, who goes by the nickname Fuat Avni. The journalists identified in Avni’s tweets work for publications critical of the government and linked.

While it’s difficult to tell if the prophecy is legitimate—Avni, who earned his or her credibility and enormous following through accurate predictions, has also been wrong in the past—it was taken seriously enough for protesters to gather in Istanbul.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç has said rumors voiced by a mysterious Twitter user named “Fuat Avni,” over the potential detention of dozens of journalists known to have been close to the U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, should be taken “seriously.

“I find the Twitter posts to be serious. I hope they will not come to pass, or not come true to this extent, for anything to happen out of jurisdiction,” Arınç said during budget discussions at Parliament late on Dec. 11.