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    The prosecution of two Cumhuriyet newspaper journalists by Turkey after the publication of photos of trucks transporting weapons to Syrian opposition groups is wrong, the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Thursday, prosecutors requested an Istanbul court to arrest Cumhuriyet newspaper Editor-in-Chief Can Dundar and the daily’s Ankara representative Erdem Gul after both journalists were summoned to Istanbul Courthouse to testify. They face espionage and treason charges.

    The controversial article and footage released by Cumhuriyet in May claimed that the trucks were carrying containers with artillery shells, machine gun rounds and mortar shells to Syrian opposition forces.

    Ankara refuted the media reports, insisting that the vehicles were delivering aid to Syrian Turkmens and the allegations were nothing but insinuations.

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    weapons, WikiLeaks, Erdem Gul, Can Dundar, Turkey, Syria
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