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U.S. leads conspiracy theories in Turkey coup

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>> Turkish newspapers have been offering all kinds of explanations about who is behind the failed coup that has rattled the country. I'm Michael Georgie, reporting for Reuters from Turkey, where conspiracy theories spread like wildfire during times of crisis. None of these conspiracy theories have been supported by evidence, but it seems people are looking historically to past coups for clues.
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Many of the conspiracy theories focus on the United States and the CIA. The theory is that since the U.S. based cleric that has been blamed for the coup attempt is based in Pennsylvania, then surely the U.S. spy agency has a role in this unrest.>>
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> Some of the conspiracy theories are focused in newspapers on what are said to be CIA agents meeting in a hotel, who are funded by Nigerian bank, and are plotting to help bring down the Erdogan government.
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Military coups, of course, are not new in Turkey. And every time there's a coup or coup attempt, conspiracy theories quickly rise to the surface. The question is whether President Erdogan will be able to capitalize on this event, and the fact that Turks resisted the coup to consolidate his power.
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So far, it seems like he's succeeding. Thousands of people are being purged from state institutions, schools, universities and other places. So at the moment, he seems to have the upper hand.