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Indonesia military threatens news site after coup story 

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    Associated Press

Jakarta | Fri, April 21, 2017 | 06:11 pm
Indonesia military threatens news site after coup story  New chief: Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo (center), accompanied by Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) commander Brig. Gen. Suhartono (right) and Maj. Gen. Bambang Suswantono (left), speaks to journalists after the Paspampres commander handover ceremony in Jakarta on March 14. Suhartono replaced Bambang, who was appointed as new chief of the Indonesian Navy’s Marine Corps. (Antara/Saptono)

Indonesia's military says it's reporting an online news site to the police after it wrote about an Intercept story alleging current and retired generals plotted to overthrow President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

The Intercept, co-founded by Glenn Greenwald, a journalist known for his stories about the U.S. National Security Agency's mass surveillance, published the story earlier this week.

Citing intelligence documents, unnamed generals and protest leaders, it alleges that huge protests in Jakarta against the capital's minority Christian governor were a front for a movement to unseat Jokowi.

(Read also: Trump’s Indonesian allies in bed with ISIS-Backed militia seeking to oust elected president)

The military's statement Friday said an account of the Intercept story published by the Indonesian site Tirto was either "not true" or a "hoax."

It said it was reporting Tirto so it could be "investigated and proceeded against in line with existing laws."

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