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Turkey's Erdogan Dismisses WikiLeaks Cancer Report

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers of his party at the parliament in Ankara on March 6.
The prime minister of Turkey has dismissed a report released by the antisecrecy group WikiLeaks suggesting he is suffering from terminal cancer and has only two years to live.

In a speech on March 7 to members of his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the WikiLeaks report "impudent" and said "only God" would decide how long he lives.

The 58-year-old Erdogan has undergone two intestinal operations in the past four months but has repeatedly denied rumors he is suffering from cancer.

His comments come after a Turkish newspaper published a leaked December 10, 2011, e-mail from the intelligence firm Stratfor quoting a source close to Erdogan's surgeon as saying the prime minister had two years left to live.

The e-mail was part of a recent massive WikiLeaks release of Stratfor's correspondence.

With Reuters and AFP reporting