In February 2012, as part of an ongoing investigation into organizations aligned to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), public prosecutors summoned senior members of Turkey’s intelligence community, including the head of the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) Hakan Fidan. The summons issued by the public prosecutor was in breach of the relevant laws which stipulate that the head of the intelligence agency can only be questioned by judicial authorities with the permission of the Prime Minister. Therefore the public prosecutor chose a day on which then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was undergoing surgery. The summons was issued without the knowledge of the Istanbul regional public prosecutor.
The summons was issued in relation to talks between MIT and the PKK regarding how to bring the PKK’s thirty year armed struggle to an end. It was claimed that members of MIT were involved in supporting the activities of organizations associated with the PKK. This was followed by a campaign in FETO-aligned media organs which sought to blacken Fidan’s name by claiming he was an agent of a foreign state.