U.S. asks Turkey to join in data-sharing

May 29, 2008 at 11:40 AM
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ANKARA, Turkey, May 29 (UPI) -- The United States has asked Turkey to join an intelligence-sharing network in the fight against terrorism, Turkish officials said.

Michael Chertoff, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security, discussed the FBI-initiated program Wednesday with Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay during a visit to Ankara. He planned to speak to other government leaders Thursday before heading home.

Under the plan, identity data belonging to suspected criminals and terrorists would be shared across the network, currently operational among the United States, Italy, Britain and other countries,Today's Zaman reported.

If Turkey agrees to join, it would have instant access to identity data of thousands of people, expected to help in its fight with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

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