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Cablegate: Threatening Letter Received by Embassy Officer

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ANKARA 004939

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

DEPT FOR DS COMMAND CENTER, DS/ITA, DS/IP/EUR, S/CT
AFOSI INCIRLIK PLS PASS ADANA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/23/2006
TAGS: ASEC CASC PTER TU
SUBJECT: THREATENING LETTER RECEIVED BY EMBASSY OFFICER

REF: SABO EMAIL DATED 22 AUGUST 2005

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: ON 22 August 2005 Acting DCM Timothy Betts
received a letter, written in Arabic, claiming that
Mujahideen here in Turkey will strike down our personnel and
families. The letter was discussed at Country Team today, 23
August. Turkish National Police are investigating. End
summary.

2. (SBU) On Monday, 22 August 2005 in the local mail A/DCM
Tim Betts received a letter postmarked 16
August in Cankaya, Ankara (the area where the Embassy is
located). The letter was addressed to:

Mr. Timothy Betts
Embassy of USA
Ataturk Bulvari. 110
Kavaklidere Ankara

The address was written in English except for "Bulvari."
Inside the envelope was one sheet which carried writing in
Arabic. An informal translation prepared inside the Embassy
follows:

3. (SBU) In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

God most high said, "They killed all the unbelievers just as
they (the unbelievers) killed all of you, and know that God
is with the pious."

Verily, the price of the tyranny and oppression that is being
practiced against Islam and the Muslims in Iraq and many
parts of the world will soon be pushed higher, here in the
land of the Caliphate, Turkey(

Indeed, the fighters (mujahideen) who are tied to this land
are observing your movements( and they will strike your
necks (cut off your heads) soon( successive blows without
end( We will target all of your personnel and their families
and all of your abodes without exception ( The one who warns
is forgiven(.

4. (SBU) Comment by ECON Counselor who did the translation:
It's very good Arabic, written by a native speaker or someone
close to a native speaker; some of the constructions are a
bit complicated. The language is "classical," that is using
older, religious vocabulary, which suggests that the writer
may have had a religious education of some kind.

5. (U) At Country Team on 23 August RSO summarized this
incident, reminded everyone to practice good personal
security measures, and distributed the Personal Security
Self-Assessment Checklist. RSO will follow-up with the
suggestion made at CT that the recent cable distributed to
COMs addressing personal security and the checklist be sent
out electronically to the entire mission.

6. (U) The envelope and letter has been sent to the
Intelligence Division of the Turkish National Police for
investigation.

7. (U) A full EAC has tentatively been scheduled for Friday
August 26 and the overall security posture of post will be
reviewed.

8. (U) Point of contact is RSO JANET SABO AT 90-312-455-5555
ext. 2348.
MCELDOWNEY

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