MacroGeo Cable

The US won’t extradite Fethullah Gülen

Middle East, North America

Lobbying can say much of how Washington works

For months many observers have been wondering whether the Trump administration would push for the extradition of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, leader of the Hizmet network who has resided in Pennsylvania for almost twenty years.

Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan has long accused Gülen of trying to undermine his regime and of being the man behind last July’s failed coup.

MacroGeo never believed Trump would have the will or the inherent strength to dismiss such an asset of the US defense and intelligence apparatus.

Now we learn that Gotham Government Relations & Communications, a New York lobbying firm which worked for Donald Trump’s campaign, has been hired by the Washington Strategy Group, a group strictly aligned with Gülen himself.

Lobbying can say much of how Washington works. And sometimes even confirm something we knew all along.