Armenian nationalist forgery of French intelligence in order to discredit French denier of Armenian Genocide?

Update (8th February 2016): I had given up on ever getting to the bottom of this story. Prompted by an enquiry from a reader, I revisited this case and found
a post on le Monde, which had been published just after I had given up (30th April 2012). Au Fil du Bosphore makes the convincing case that ‘Maxime Gauin may very well have fabricated this false report himself [Maxime Gauin aurait très bien pu fabriquer ce faux rapport lui-même]’.

I’ve massively updated my blog post on the possibility that French intelligence had blacklisted Turkish diaspora nationalist movements as Turkish state agents provocateurs. Here, I highlight the evidence that Armenian nationalists forged the document in order to defame deniers of the Armenian Genocide.

First and foremost,

  1. The French Interior Ministry has ‘denied the allegations of marking [blacklisting] [fişleme iddialarını yalanladı]’; and it has ‘explained that this report has no relationship with the truth/no connection with reality [bu raporun gerçekle bir ilişkisi olmadığını açıkladılar]’.
  2. French intelligence agencies have insisted that ‘we did not prepare such a report [Böyle bir rapor hazırlamadık]’.
  3. The Turkish Embassy in Paris has accepted the French explanation and blamed a ‘Turkophobia specific to certain extremist circles and based on primitive lies [turcophobie propre à certains milieux extrémistes et fondé sur des mensonges primitifs]’.

There are other signs that the document was false and the news reports unreliable and biased. One of the targets of the forgery, Maxime Gauin (a soft-core genocide denialist, who ‘do[es] not deny that numerous crimes were committed against a part of the Armenian civilian population’, but does ‘deny that the genocide label is accurate for the Armenian losses in 1915-1916′), explained:

  1. ‘The “report” of the DCRI [which is available on Calameo and elsewhere] is a crude forgery.’
  2. ‘I am not, and I have never been, an agent for any intelligence or counter-intelligence agency.’
  3. ‘I am not, and I have never been, a temporary intern in USAK—another error of the “report”. I am a full time researcher in this think-tank.’
  4. Today’s Zaman did not contact me before it published its allegation. Their journalist did not contact anybody among the persons accused in this “document”.’
  5. The editor-in-chief of Armenews, Jean-Marc Ara Toranian, was the head of the political arm of the Armenian Secret Army for Liberation of Armenia (ASALA, terrorist group) in France from 1976 to 1983…. Not surprisingly, Armenews published about the allegations against me, but not about my replies, or the about the replies of other persons….

Indeed, Armenews reported my original blog post about Today’s Zaman‘s publication of the allegations in the document.

  1. I alerted Armenews that there was new, relevant, important information, which undermined the source for the original story; but they did not update their article, reply or otherwise acknowledge my message.

It seems that Armenian nationalist activists forged a French intelligence report in order to defame and discredit deniers of the Armenian Genocide.

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15 Responses to “Armenian nationalist forgery of French intelligence in order to discredit French denier of Armenian Genocide?”

  1. Thank you for your honesty. I would like to add something. You call me “Armenian genocide denier”. I deny that the genocide label is accurate for the Armenian losses in 1915-1916. I do not deny that numerous crimes were committed against a part of the Armenian civilian population, and if the insurrections and war crimes of the Armenian nationalist committees provide a context, they cannot provide any kind of excuse for the war crimes against Armenian civilians.
    In Spring 1916 only, as a result of the work of three investigative commissions created by the CUP government (accused of “genocide” against the Armenian community), 1,673 Ottoman Muslims were sent to military courts. At least 67 were sentenced to death; 524 received jail sentences; 68 persons received other sentences, like forced labor. This is proof both for the absence of genocidal intention and for the existence of crimes.

    • I will gladly clarify your position. However, personally, I find Taner Akçam’s (and others’) work meticulous in its demonstration of the (para)state’s intention to destroy the Armenian community.

  2. maxime implys that he is not an armenian genocide denier than goes on to” deny that the genocide label is acurate”
    of course there were killings on all sides,the greeks in their advance through asia minor destroyed whole villages ,killing everyone but this was nothing compared to the organised ethnic cleansing policy of the turks.
    well maxime ,in my dictionary it says “genocide;the deliberate killing of a whole nation or people”the turks were actively trying to erase any armenian and greek populations from turkey as they saw these people as a 5th column and considerd all of them,every man woman and child as a threat to the turkish nation,if the killing of one million people was not genocide ,i dont know what is.in the early 20th cen, %25 of the population of turkey were armenians or greeks,by the 1950s it was down to %3,that says it all.
    kyri.

  3. “I will gladly clarify your position.”
    Very good.

    “I find Taner Akçam’s (and others’) work meticulous in its demonstration of the (para)state’s intention to destroy the Armenian community.”
    In this case, I am respectfully suggestion you to read these articles: http://www.tc-america.org/files/news/pdf/Erman-Sahin-Review-Article.pdf http://www.mepc.org/create-content/book-review http://www.meforum.org/991/armenian-massacres-new-records-undercut-old-blame

  4. “the turks were actively trying to erase any armenian and greek populations from turkey as they saw these people as a 5th column and considerd all of them,every man woman and child as a threat to the turkish nation,if the killing of one million people was not genocide”
    In short:
    a) Most of the Armenians of Istanbul (160 000), Edirne, Izmir (13 000), Kastamonu, Antalya (at least 500), Kütahya (several thousands), Aleppo (22 000), Marash (around 6 or 7,000) in addition to thousands of Catholic and Protestant Armenians, civil servants, and other categories, were not relocated during WWI. Berç Keresteciyan (1870-1949), deputy general director of the Ottoman Bank, was promoted as general director of this bank during WWI. Keresteciyan was deputy of Afyon in the Turkish National Assembly from 1935 to 1946.
    b) The fate of the relocated Armenians was extremely variable, depending on the quality of the escort and on the geography. The relocated Armenians were allowed to travel by train if there was a railroad in their region. Even Hilmar Kaiser, a supporter of the “genocide” label, says that it is no more possible speak of general genocide of the Ottoman Armenians because of the considerable differences between the regions.
    c) The Ottoman government paid big amounts of money for the relocated Armenians and allowed, in 1916, the help by American and Swiss philanthropists.
    d) I found in the French archives numerous documents demonstrating that the Kemalists tried in vain to keep the Christian populations of Cilicia in 1921, but failed because of propaganda and threats of Armenian committees on the Armenians and because of Greek propaganda among the Christians in general. During its retreat of 1922, the Greek army burned all the villages and cities (except when a military intervention prevented that: Bursa was saved by the French army) and took the Christian populations, who followed willingly or not.

    • The fact that some Armenians survived, even the fact that some Armenians were not targeted, does not negate the fact of the intent of the activity – to destroy the Armenian community.

      ‘Most’ of a minority of Armenians (about 200,000 of 1,300,000-2,000,000) were not relocated. So, in fact, most Armenians were forcibly transferred; and most of them died (1,000,000-1,500,000).

      I will not entertain genocide denial.

  5. Dear Sir,

    I would like to remain anynomous to avoid controversy with Mr Gauin but you ought to know that he is a very perverse denier of the Armenian Genocide. You should’t play in his game made of emphasizing meaningless details, sophisms, bias logicism and massive ignorance of the context.

    Sincerely

    • I will let him call himself whatever he likes. However, I do disagree fundamentally with his position. And I won’t allow this blog to become a host for either hard or soft denial of the genoide.

      • Thank you for this position. Maxime Gauin is for the Armenian Genocide what is Bishop Williamson for the Holocaust

  6. “Thank you for this position. Maxime Gauin is for the Armenian Genocide what is Bishop Williamson for the Holocaust.”
    This kind of defamatory words are fortunately forbidden by the French law. Courageous anonymous, you avoid to defame me from a country where you can be sued.

  7. @Sam:

    At first:
    “I will gladly clarify your position.”

    Then:
    “I will let him call himself whatever he likes. However, I do disagree fundamentally with his position. And I won’t allow this blog to become a host for either hard or soft denial of the genoide.”

    Regrettable change.

    • How is that any change at all?

      I clarified your position on the Armenian Genocide, but I disagree with it. You accept that crimes were committed, but you do not accept that they constituted genocide; I believe that they did constitute genocide.

      You deny that a genocide was committed, but you do not wish to be called a genocide denier.

      You have the freedom to publish whatever you like, in which you can affirm or deny whatever you like. However, I have the freedom not to publish or otherwise host whatever I (do not) like.

      I will not allow this blog to become a host for either hard or soft denial of the Armenian Genocide.

  8. Actually all this is pretty irrelevant unless he was in fact not an Armenian Genocide denier..

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