Arsenal Consulting to Discuss Shocking Results of Computer Forensics in High-Profile Turkish Cases

Electronic Evidence Tampering in Sledgehammer & Ergenekon Cases Featured at Turkish Policy Center Briefing
By: Arsenal Consulting
BOSTON - May 22, 2014 - PRLog -- Mark Spencer, President of Arsenal Consulting ( will present “Sledgehammer and Ergenekon - Case Studies in Sophisticated Digital Forgery" at the Turkish Policy Center’s congressional briefing “Digital Forensics & Justice in Turkey: The Sledgehammer Case.”  This event is taking place on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC June 9, 2014.  The Turkish Policy Center’s mission includes bringing new and objective perspectives, critiques and fact-based analyses about Turkey to the United States and ensuring a plurality in policy debates related to Turkey.

What are Sledgehammer and Ergenekon?

Sledgehammer and Ergenekon are high-profile and ongoing political trials in Turkey.  Sledgehammer involves an alleged Turkish military coup and some of the most sophisticated digital forgeries Arsenal has ever seen.  Ergenekon involves an alleged "deep state" in Turkey with ties to the military, academia, NGOs, and media.  Forged documents critical to these cases include plans to bomb mosques, shoot down a fighter jet, and overthrow the Turkish government.

Why attend this presentation?

The Sledgehammer and Ergenekon cases have received significant press in the Middle East, but are only now receiving serious attention in the United States.  A New York Times front-page article on February 27 covered these cases, referring to document forgeries identified with digital forensics performed by Arsenal.  Attendees will have a unique opportunity to see Mark Spencer on a panel with Harvard scholar Pınar Doğan, daughter of chief Sledgehammer suspect and former commander of the Turkish First Army Çetin Doğan.

What people are saying.

“Mark Spencer's Sledgehammer presentation allows you to see evil up close and personal.  He tells an entertaining story and should turn his team's work into a book!” — W. Olin Sibert, President, Oxford Systems, Inc.

“The Sledgehammer presentation is brilliant.  The reality is that motivated and technically competent adversaries can, by tampering with evidence, affect the power structures of nations.” — Paul Bowen, Director Emeritus, National Information Security Group, Inc.

"This presentation gives you a front-row seat to evidence tampering on an unprecedented scale.  Arsenal's dedication to digital forensics is obvious.” — Joseph Dahlbeck, Sergeant Detective, Boston Police Department

About Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer is President of Arsenal Consulting, where he leads engagements involving digital forensics for law firms, corporations, and government agencies.  He is also President of Arsenal Recon, where he guides development of digital forensics tools.  Mark has more than 15 years of law-enforcement and private-sector digital forensics experience.  Mark has led the Arsenal team on many high-profile and high-stakes cases, from allegations of intellectual property theft and evidence spoliation to support of foreign terrorist organizations and military coup planning.  Arsenal Consulting and Recon are located in the Chelsea Naval Magazine, a historic military structure which once stored arms for the USS Constitution, just outside Boston, Massachusetts.

About Pinar Dogan

Pınar Doğan is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  She is currently a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.  Pinar and her husband Dani Rodrik have extensively researched the Sledgehammer case and have written two books on the topic, published in December 2010 and February 2014.  She received a Master's degree in Mathematical Economics and a PhD in Economics from University of Toulouse, France.  From 2002 to 2004, she taught at Koc University, Istanbul.  She was a visiting scholar at Public Utility Research Center, Florida, and at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications (currently Télécom ParisTech), Paris, during 2001 to 2002.

Mark Spencer

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