- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WikiLeaks said its website was attacked Monday after promising to publish hundreds of thousands of documents on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his political party, AKP.

“Our infrastructure is under sustained attack,” the secret-spilling group tweeted less than two days after announcing it planned to release documents detailing Turkey’s political power structure.

“We are unsure of the true origin of the attack. The timing suggests a Turkish state power faction or its allies,” WikiLeaks said in a subsequent tweet. “We will prevail & publish.”

WikiLeaks initially said Sunday that it had planned to publish 100,000 files concerning Turkish politics. On Monday, however, the group said it planned to release 300,000 internal emails in addition to another 500,000 documents.

The “megaleak,” according to the group, contains information it believes will both help and hurt AKP, also known as the Justice and Development Party — a pro-western social conservative movement formed in 2001 by Mr. Erdogan, the democratically elected president who was the target last week of an unsuccessful military coup.

The leaked emails slated to be released starting Tuesday date through July 7, 2016, nearly one week before the Turkish military staged the insurgency, WikiLeaks said.

Founded in 2006 by editor-in-chief Julian Assange, WikiLeaks has previously published hundreds of thousands of U.S. State Department cables, sensitive Pentagon documents and data obtained by hacked intelligence firm Stratfor, among other files.

Mr. Assange, 45, is wanted for questioning in Sweden over sexual assault accusations from 2010, but he has been shielded since 2012 after taking residence inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London upon being granted asylum. According to Mr. Assange, traveling abroad to answer questions for Swedish authorities may lend to him being extradited to the U.S. where he could be tried for espionage over WikiLeaks’ past publications.

Efforts to reach WikiLeaks for comment Tuesday were not immediately successful.

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