The mysterious case of the missing Saudi journalist

The mysterious case of the missing Saudi journalist

Turkish officials believe that Khashoggi, a man with close links to the Saudi government who became more vocal in his criticism in recent months, was killed on the orders of the highest levels of the Saudi royal court, The New York Times is reporting.

Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid Bin Salman has responded to what he termed as "grim and malicious" rumors over the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Where in the world is Jamal Khashoggi?

"Our country's values should be and must be a cornerstone of our foreign policy with foes and allies alike", he said.

Khashoggi hadn't lived in Saudi Arabia since he moved to the United States a year ago. One was an autopsy expert, presumably there to help dismember the body, the official said.

David Rohde, executive editor of The New Yorker tweeted out, "The journalist Jamal Khashoggi had said that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has 'no tolerance or willingness to accommodate critics'". This footage has not been officially released, but on Tuesday the Washington Post, which employs Khashoggi as a contributor, published an image that showed Khashoggi walking into the consulate building last Tuesday.

Margaux Ewen, the executive director of Reporters Without Borders North America, said she was encouraged that Trump expressed concern but wished his statements had been stronger.

The mainstream - so far - is not reporting sufficiently on the huge, well-funded Saudi lobbying and Congressional bribing apparatus in the US; you have to turn to this excellent exposé in The Nation, which reported that "More than a third of the members of Congress contacted by such a [public relations] firm [registered to promote Saudi interests] also received a campaign contribution from a foreign agent at that firm".

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"Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there", the Post quoted a person familiar with the information as saying. "We are fully aligned with the United States on this, with the U.S. position on this", she said.

Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Turkish authorities search the kingdom's Istanbul consulate after prominent journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi went missing last week, the Turkish foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Flight records reportedly show that a Gulf Stream IV private jet, tail number HZ-SK2, landed in Istanbul at 3am on October 2, the day Mr Khashoggi disappeared. The media also reported that a 15-member Saudi hit team had arrived in Turkey and entered the consulate shortly before Khashoggi's arrival.

It was not immediately clear whether the second plane, which left Istanbul for Egypt, was also searched.

The individuals checked into two hotels close to the consulate, the daily said. If there was evidence of a crime there, it will have been cleaned up days ago.

It's unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it. The consulate insists the writer left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials.

Behind a gate next to the front entrance is a covered vehicle port, out of the view of cameras. Some pro-government news outlets have reported that the police were still investigating the possibility that Khashoggi was abducted, not killed. One of the cars was the Mercedes that pulled up in front of the residence of Otaibi, the Saudi consul general, at 3:09pm., according to the time stamp on the video still of the Mercedes obtained by The Post. A Saudi flag flies outside. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has demanded that the Saudis provide evidence proving their claim. The report added that Turkish employees at the residence were "hastily" told to leave that day.

Two other vehicles, including a black Mercedes Vito van with darkened windows, went from the consulate to the consul's residence about 200 yards away.

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