In May 2010, a video appearing to show opposition Republican People’s’ Party (CHP) leader Deniz Baykal and his assistant engaging in an extra-marital affair was uploaded to the internet. Baykal, calling the video a conspiracy and claiming it was doctored, nevertheless submitted his resignation. 36 people, of which 34 are police officers, have been detained during the course of investigations relating to the sex tape.
In the run up to the 2011 parliamentary elections, similar conspiracies were used against the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). Videos that appeared to show leading MHP figures and parliamentary candidates in compromising positions were uploaded to the internet. The plot was used to place pressure on MHP leader Devlet Bahceli to resign, threatening that more videos would be released if he failed to do so. It has been claimed that those MHP leaders whose tapes were leaked were illegally surveilled by FETO-aligned police officers as ‘members of a terrorist organization.’
Retired Admiral Nusret Guner has similarly claimed that members of FETO sought to blackmail him by planting a hidden camera in his daughter’s bedroom.