The Rodrik article sounds like tin foil hat articles that we here about CIA, NSA, Bilderburgers, IMF, whatever.
They are so stupid they can't even forge good document but they can run an elaborate scheme for years which no one, other than the author can break.
For me, it was his trip to Turkey that lends credence to the tin for hat status.
US citizens do NOT need a visa to enter Turkey. All you have to do is land at Attaturk go to the booth for "Visa stamps", pay your US$20 and they paste it in your passport. No problems.
However, they have a very sophisticated Immigration control. Automated, and they check deep and track you. It takes longer at the window in Turkey than almost any other Immigration window I have been at. (Except for China.)
It the government was really behind all of this, and they knew he was coming, don't you think they would have caught him at Immigration and booted him out?
Who knows is this is all tin foil or not. That is one of the things about good tin foil, it is always plausible.
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