Posted Jan 4, 2013, on Kirmizi.Sari football Facebook
March 9, 2013, marks two months since Kurdish activists Sakine Cansız, Leyla Söylemez and Fidan Doğan who were all shot in the head execution-style inside the Kurdistan Information Center, Paris office on Jan 9, 2013. French police charged a Turkish man named Ömer Güney with the assassinations. Cansiz (code name "Sara") was a founding member, along with Abdulla Ocalan, of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey.
Sakine Cansiz Was Targeted
US Embassy Cable 07ANKARA2917, posted on Wikileaks, sent to the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC, Dec 7, 2007, identified Sakine Cansiz as the primary financier in Europe for the PKK:
"The United States works together with Turkey to implement the President's directive for effective action against PKK terror, we must also redouble our efforts to shut down the financial support that flows from Europe into PKK headquarters located in northern Iraq. . . . We need to identify and interdict PKK money that is flowing into northern Iraq. . . . by going after . . . Sakine Cansiz. . . . We can help by providing the most extensive dossiers possible and coordinating with law enforcement and intelligence counterparts in Europe to ensure these two terrorists are incarcerated."
Germany and France Were not Cooperative
In 2007, Germany refused to extradite Cansiz to Turkey after holding her for 40 days. The court stated that Turkey had not provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that Cansiz had broken any laws. Cansiz then moved to France.
Unfortunately, the Embassy cables shared by Bradley Manning and posted on Wikileaks end in 2010. Publicly, the U.S. continues its policy of solidarity with Turkey to "finish off" the PKK. What was the strategy adopted by the U.S. and its ally Turkey after Germany refused Turkey's request to extradite Sakine Cansiz and France granted her asylum?
Dangerous Double Speak
Even as PM Erdoğan is holding peace talks with imprisoned Ocalan and stating he is ready to "drink hemlock" for the sake of peace, Turkish war planes continue to strike PKK targets in southeast Turkey and the Qandil Mountains in Iraq, killing four PKK guerillas Feb. 26. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in his visit to Ankara last week, reaffirmed the US commitment to help Turkey fight the PKK. Turkey's policy remains to finish off the PKK and to make a distinction between "good Kurds" and "bad Kurds".
One cannot avoid the logical suspicion that Sakine Cansiz's assassination, along with Leyla Söylemez and Fidan Doğan, suggests government(s) involvement, particularly in light of the arrests and extradition requests in Spain, France, and Germany of suspected PKK financiers since the assassinations. Is the message behind the assassinations to European governments "If you don't extradite these suspects, there will be more assassinations"? On Feb 9, PM Erdoğan said “[Turkey’s] patience is running out."
FaceBook Communication Hiding in Full View
So, who killed Cansiz, Doğan, and Söylemez? It is possible the order was issued online through social media. Every other form of contact leaves traceable records: phone calls, email, tweets, and airline tickets. One could conceivably use a carrier pigeon but the internet is much easier. The truth is hiding in plain view on Facebook. This is not a new concept. During World War II, the French Resistance reportedly communicated through newspaper ads and even in lines of poetry.
According to press reports, Paris police showed a photo of an Ömer Güney, copied from the FaceBook page of Omerr Günayy. I refer to this as Facebook Omer Guney #1. He showed a link to his cousin who is holding up his Turkish police badge and sitting in a police car. Twice the link was removed and twice it was restored after Ömer Güney was arrested.
Facebook Omer Guney #2 was created Mar 7, 2010, and was never changed after Mar 11, 2010. The very first photo posted on Omer #2's FB page was of a roaring lion which is a symbol for Galatasaray, the most popular Turkish football team. Omer #2 is followed by a FB friend in Sweden who posted photos on Jan 3, 2013, of two men dressed in PKK-like costumes, also, photos of PKK leader Ocalan, PKK guerillas, the Roboski massacre, and a video of carrier pigeons in flight.
FB Omer Guney #1 is portrayed as a nationalistic Turk.
FB Omer Guney #2 is portrayed as being sympathetic to the Kurdish cause and the PKK.
The photos of Omer Guney #1 and Omer Guney #2 are of the same person with a distinctive mole near his left eye. Two different personalities were created, thus allowing those involved in any later assassination cover-up story to use the Facebook personality most suitable to the story and delete the other one.
Was Sari Kirmizi FaceBook Football Page the Messenger?
FB Omer #2's page, okyay.guney, was following another FaceBook page account named Kirmizi.Sari featuring the Galatasaray football team, but not the official page. It was created Dec 30, 2011, by Tom Hayes, a peculiarly American name for a Turkish sports team. Between Dec 30, 2011, and Jan 3, 2013, over 500 photos were posted, one or two at a time. All of these photos were related to the Galatasaray team showing game plays, football player celebrities, fans, cheer leaders, sports jerseys and stadium shots. This FB account has 4,084 followers. One of them was FB Omer Guney #2.
On Jan 4, 2013, five days before the assassinations, FB user kirmizi.sari posted an unlikely photo of a uniformed soldier kneeling and aiming a rifle. The watermark on the photo is FB.com/dikkat.troll which translates to "Danger Troll." A troll in internet slang means someone who posts inflammatory or off-topic messages in an online community with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
On that day two photos were posted. Since then the FB account has been abandoned. Take your screen shots before it, also, is deleted.
Was This the Signal for the Assassination?
Here are the last four photos to be posted by Kirmizi.Sari. Could the soldier aiming his rifle have been the signal to assassinate Sakine Cansiz and her unfortunate Kurdish colleagues? If investigators can find who created this account, possibly they can discover who is involved in the assassination plot. Call it a crazy, off-the-wall conspiracy theory, but can anyone offer a more plausible explanation for the Kirmizi.Sari Facebook account, which Omer Guney followed, posting this photo, and then being abandoned after posting 500 sports photos?
June 12, 2010 - Facebook Omer Guney #1 created (probably his real personality)
Mar 7, 2011 - Facebook Omer Guney #2 created, first photo posted was of a roaring lion for sports team
Dec 30, 2011 - http://www.facebook.com/kirmizi.sari141905 sports team Facebook account created
Jan 3, 2013 - Sweden FB friend following Omer Guney #2 posted photos of men in PKK costumes
Jan 4, 2013 - Last photo posted of soldier pointing rifle by http://www.facebook.com/kirmizi.sari141905
Jan 9, 2013 - Assassinations of Sakine Cansız, Leyla Söylemez, and Fidan Doğan
Jan 19, 2013 - Paris police arrest Ömer Güney for the triple murders of Cansız, Söylemez, and Doğan
Jan 25, 2013 - The links to who FB Omer Guney #2 is following and who is following him were hidden
Feb 1, 2013 - Amy Beam wrote the "Murder Mystery of Sakine Cansiz" about Omer Guney FB accounts.
Feb 2, 2013 - Murat Şahin, former Turkish MIT intelligence agent, says Ömer Güney is a member of MIT
Feb. 24-25 - Both Omer Guney Facebook accounts were deleted while he was (supposedly) in jail
Mar 9, 2013 - kirmizi.sari141905 FB account inactive since Jan 4, when soldier aiming rifle was posted
Who was changing and then deleting the Omer Guney Facebook accounts if he was locked up?
Where Is Ömer Güney Now?
Since arresting Ömer Güney Jan 19, Paris police and both the French and Turkish governments have fallen silent about the assassinations. Answers about these assassinations must be found and shared with the public as part of the "Imrali talks" and achieving peace in Turkey. If Güney was unknowingly set up to take the fall, his life, too, may be in danger. According to Güney's uncle, Ömer Güney claims that he was present with two other men, but he himself did not kill any of the three women. It remains a disturbing mystery.
Amy L. Beam, Ed.D. has been a software engineer for 30 years. She now runs a tourism business in eastern Turkey with Kurdish partners. She is writing her book: Climbing Mount Ararat: Love and Betrayal in Kurdistan.