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(Posta Newspaper, 27 September 2014)
Secret agents turn up anywhere. Remember Pussy Galore?
When American President Barack Obama visited Istanbul in
2009 he went to the Aya Sofia museum accompanied by
then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan and then-Culture
and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay. While at Aya Sofia
Obama petted a cat that came to his side.
The Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Haluk Dursun,
stated that these cats have lived in Aya Sofia since Byzantine
times. The day before yesterday Dursun made an interesting
revelation on this matter, saying that prior to Obama's visit
to the museum the CIA had inspected Aya Sofia and had
even checked the cats one by one for their inoculations.