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July 18, 2016 4:57 am

Turkish Dissident Says Erdogan May Have Staged Coup to Consolidate Power

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo: Wikipedia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Guardian – Fethullah Gülen, the reclusive cleric blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the failed coup in Turkey, has said the uprising by members of the country’s military could have been “staged” by the government.

In a rare and brief interview on Saturday with a small group of journalists at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Gülen rejected all accusations that he was behind the coup attempt.

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