THE GLORIOUSLY UNFRIENDLY Turkish government is doing its best to win over the population by shutting down commonly used document storage services because the president's son has some controversial emails in the wild.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is known to take to the internet like a great big water vacuum takes to water. He is not keen. He must have been pretty damn furious when someone put it to him that it could be the medium for messages that might hurt his family.
Reports claimed that the scandal centres on emails written by Erdogan's son Berat Albayrak, the local minister of energy and natural resources.
The Daily Dot reported that some 17GB of the emails, of which it has copies, were taken by a hacking group called RedHack.
RedHack threatened to expose the documents, and demanded the release of a number of local dissidents in return.
The government has now stopped the media reporting on the case and has asked Twitter to block the hacking group. Twitter acceded to this demand, and a selection of the documents was released.
The Daily Dot said that the emails go back to the year 2000 and that some of them are political in nature.
It is perhaps no surprise that a government like Turkey's would want to sit on the documents and block anyway to store and share them. You could picture someone sitting in a leather chair stroking a white cat, if you want.
Turkeyblocks.com, which should need no introduction, reported on Saturday that storage services Dropbox, Microsoft OneNote and Google Drive are now a no-go zone for most Turkish people. µ
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