YouTube was blocked in Turkey Friday three days before local elections and a week after Twitter. The ban was triggered by a leaked recording published anonymously purporting to reveal a conversation between Turkey’s foreign minister, spy chief and a general discussing how to create a pretext for a Turkish attack inside Syria.
A voice identified as that of intelligence chief Hakan Fidan appeared to suggest a missile assault as the pretext for a Turkish invasion. The local elections are seen as a referendum on the future of the Tayyip Erdgoan government which has been beset by protest and scandal.