The spokesperson described the allegation as “ridiculous” in a written statement on Monday, saying that the embassy could not comment on an ongoing case in a Turkish court.
A national newspaper in Turkey reported that part of an indictment in the Ergenekon probe alleged a car registered with the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul had entered a military zone to take photographs in Istanbul’s Poyrazkoy district, the scene of an excavation that unearthed weapons and explosives last April.
The spokesperson said they had no record of a consulate vehicle being present at the site on April 7, 2009.
The Ergenekon gang was brought into the limelight after police seized 27 grenades, explosives and fuses in a shantyhouse in Istanbul on June 12, 2007. The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the weapons.
Police conducted operations in several provinces and detained a number of people, including retired senior army officers as well as officers on active duty, journalists and businessmen for their alleged involvement in the network.
The gang is accused of conspiring to overthrow the Turkish government by increasing instability in the country through political assassinations.