Interview with German Intelligence Chief 'Coup in Turkey Was Just a Welcome Pretext'

German intelligence doesn't buy Turkish President Erdogan's claims that last year's coup attempt was backed by the Gülen movement. BND chief Bruno Kahl, 54, speaks with SPIEGEL about Turkey, possible Russian interference in German elections and what to expect from Islamic State.
Headquarters of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) in Berlin

Headquarters of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) in Berlin

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BND President Bruno Kahl

BND President Bruno Kahl

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