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WikiLeaks: "The Guys with the Guns" Run Turkmenistan

WikiLeaks has not had any alleged US diplomatic cables from Ashgabat to release since last December, but yesterday produced one dated September 24, 2007 about a US meeting with Turkish businessman Ahmet Chalik, described as an "insider" who played an unusual role in the Turkmen leadership for 15 years until he lost his status after the death of dictator Saparmurat Niyazov. Involved with deals from textile to energy and active in relations with US oil companies during the Niyazov era, Chalik was notorious for currying favor with the Turkmen regime by ordering translations of the Ruhnama cult book.

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WikiLeaks: "The Guys with the Guns" Run Turkmenistan

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