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Turkey’s Spymaster: The Making of a Hero

An impressive campaign by Hakan Fidan’s media team has made almost an entire nation worship him.
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I received a text message from my Persian yoga teacher asking, “Is Hakan Fidan the new [Mohammad] Mossadegh for CIA and Mossad?” I was baffled by the comparison between the head of the Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) and the former Iranian prime minister toppled by a coup initiated by British MI6 and the CIA.

In the last couple of weeks, the focus on Fidan has sharpened immensely. Indeed, Fidan was the subject of a Wall Street Journal article on Oct. 9 and an opinion piece by David Ignatius of The Washington Post on Oct 16.

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