gungasnake wrote: "It is also highly logical that a turkish news agency which reported something like that would immediately get leaned on and forced to issue some sort of weasel-worded retraction."
Not really. If the news agency published the supposed interview, its existence would be a matter of record, and a denial two days later stating that no such interview occurred, would scarcely be credible.
Where is the published interview? The Fort Russ blogspot mysteriously omits a link to it, even though it gives a link to the denial. A story like that would spread like wildfire and even if the original source subsequently took it down, it would be picked up by wire agencies as well as generating a cached version which should still be available through Google. We are after all talking about something supposedly published in October of this year.
The denial states that the Turkish intelligence agency does not give media interviews of the sort. And frankly, is it credible that the very experienced head of that agency would make such incredibly controversial statements publicly kneecapping the alliance to which Turkey now belongs, and speaking to "western colleagues" through the mass media?