Prisoner exchange plan devised by MİT at the behest of Moscow and Washington: Sources

Ugur Ergan – ANKARA

Full details of the exchange of Russian and American prisoners on April 27 in the capital Ankara have been worked out step by step by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT) following a joint request by the intelligence services of the two country, sources said.

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The exchange request of Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko and American sailor Trevor Reed reached MİT headquarters a few days earlier.

Intelligence officials reported the request directly to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and, with his approval, the operation began.

First, the type of planes officials from two countries would use to bring the prisoners in were decided. Then the MİT decided to conduct the operation in “Ankara at 2 p.m. on April 27”.

As part of the MİT plan, the two planes landed at the same base and parked next to each other.

After the Turkish authorities confirmed the identity of everyone on board the planes, the order to open the doors was given.

Yaroshenko and Reed left the plane with intelligence officials from two countries near them at the same time, and the exchange took place at the exact time as planned. After the exchange, the two planes took off again at the same time.

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Reed, a 30-year-old former Marine from Texas, was arrested in the summer of 2019 after Russian authorities said he assaulted an officer while being driven by police to a police station after a night of heavy drinking. He was later sentenced to nine years in prison.

Yaroshenko was arrested in Liberia in 2010 and extradited to the United States for drug trafficking.

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Sharon P. Juarez