The greatest incident of mass surveillance in the history of Turkey came to light in February 2014. FETO-aligned officers within the intelligence services had conducted a mass surveillance campaign against a wide section of society on the basis of an indictment prepared by FETO-aligned prosecutors Adnan Cimen and Adem Ozcan which claimed those being surveilled were members of a terrorist organization. Cimen is currently a fugitive from the law, and Ozcan is under investigation. The campaign targeted senior politicians such as then Prime Minister Erdogan, leading business people, journalists, civil society activists, writers and artists. It has been reported that over 7,000 people were subjected to surveillance.
As with other conspiracies, the conspiracy began after police received an anonymous tip-off which claimed that the Prime Minister Erdogan and his close associates were part of an illegal organization dubbed the ‘Selam Terrorist Group,’ and subsequently every telephone conversation the prime minister had was recorded by FETO-aligned police officers from 2011 onwards.