Anna, the Greek Mata Hari, a huge headache for Turkish armed forces

The Turkish media describes a woman of Greek descent that has caused a huge headache to Turkey. Articles speak of a female spy that has managed to shake up high-ranking officials, even going as far as to undermine Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The mysterious woman first caused a scandal on October 29, 2010, when Turkish newspaper STAR spoke of a spy who was involved in a military spying mission stealing classified data for foreign services, possibly Greece. As a result, a number of arrests of Turkish officials followed, including two admirals.

Turkish newspaper Taraf refered to the involvement of three female spies that stole data from the military. These women were described as loose but seductive.

The Turkish press refers to classified documents that included plans for military operations in the Aegean and contingency plans in the case of Greek-Turkish conflict. These documents were then leaked to foreign services.

The female spies, including Greece’s Anna, had relationships with a number of Turkish officials and high-ranking TUBITAK members that they seduced in an effort to receive information. Two Turkish admirals and another four officials and three TUBITAK members were arrested as a result of their involvement with these female spies in what appears to be growing into a huge spy scandal in Turkey.

In May 2012, a new wave of arrests took place and once again Izmirli Anna (Anna of Asia Minor) also known as the Greek Mata Hari was involved by coordinating one of the largest spy rings ever aimed at weakening the Turkish army.

Asia Minor’s prosecutor began a huge investigation on May 10 and a huge manhunt was on to find all those involved in the scandal. By May 25, there had been 45 arrests including those of 13 permanent officers. Sources state that the huge spy ring operating in Turkey  may include more than 300 people as part of a core team of as many as 2,500 people – enough to affect a large number of military personnel around Asia Minor.

Hurriyet wrote on June 16 that there were another 25 people of which 10 were permanent members of the Turkish military. Two days later, Sabach said that a new wave of arrests included those of 24 retired officials, 9 permanent and another 19 people serving in military services.

The Turkish newspaper pointed to a total of arrests that reached 69 officers. And the investigation spiralled further with even more arrests, all as a result of the actions of the Greek women.

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