Erdogan vows to punish journalist behind a video allegedly showing a Turkish state vehicle transporting arms to Syria

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an opening ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/MURAD SEZER

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to punish the editor of a newspaper which published video footage it said showed the MIT state intelligence agency helping send weapons to Syria.

The Cumhuriyet newspaper published footage on its website on Friday which it said showed gendarmerie and police officers opening crates of what it described as weapons and ammunition on the back of three trucks belonging to MIT.

“The individual who has reported this as an exclusive story will pay a high price for this,” Erdogan said in a television interview with state broadcaster TRT late on Sunday.

“I will not let this go”…

The idea is that when the crisis in Syria broke out, Erdogan saw a golden opportunity to get rid of the Alawite leader Bashar Assad and replace him with more congenial Sunni Muslims.

BTW, whose handling his wardrobe these days? Looks like a hardware store clerk.