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The US Heard Saudis Talk About Capturing Khashoggi

11 October 2018

"Jamal Khashoggi lost control of his fate when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul".

A veteran journalist, Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to arrange paperwork for his wedding to Cengiz, a Turk. As it escalates, WWE could potentially be forced to sever ties with the country, and Murphy's words are particularly pertinent to their business as he represents the state in which WWE HQ is based.

This brings up the question of if the intelligence agencies were obligated to warn Khashoggi about the imminent peril when he prepared to depart for his home country. When asked whether he's demanding answers from the Saudis, Trump said, "yes we are.

If Donald Trump is not getting in touch with the king of Saudi Arabia, he is being derelict in his duty....(Trump's) statements, so far, have been completely inadequate". Although his opinions had angered certain people, he said, the tensions between himself and Saudi Arabia did not amount to hate, grudges or threats.

"I think that would be hurting us", he said.

Khashoggi, 59, who was once close to the Saudi royal family and has served as an adviser for senior Saudi officials, left the country a year ago to live in the United States in self-imposed exile, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

The two sides have worked together on challenging Iran despite growing concern over the prince's campaign against dissidents, which critics say has shown up the true face of his rule.

Local press reports suggested he was abducted and taken to Saudi Arabia, though this has never been confirmed.

A US intelligence source told the New York Times that USA intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi agents discussing a plot to either capture or kill Khashoggi.

He also noted the reported killing of Khashoggi came just weeks after "the weird Saudi overreaction" to criticism from Canada about human rights.

According to pro-government daily Sabah, the team arrived in Istanbul on two private planes, one which landed after 03:00 am (0000 GMT) on Tuesday while the second plane landed around 05:00 pm (1400 GMT) after Khashoggi entered the consulate.

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RSF said at least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested since September 2017.

He declined to comment on Khashoggi's possible fate, but said "we can not let this happen; to reporters, to anybody".

Turkish officials have said they fear the columnist was killed on the premises.

Government sources in Turkey said police believe the 59-year-old was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed United States intelligence on the case, said it was likely that Khashoggi was killed the day he walked into the consulate.

Trump said the White House has been in contact with Cengiz and hopes to meet her "fairly quickly". Erdogan told Turkish reporters in comments published in newspapers.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told reporters last week that to the best of his understanding, Khashoggi visited the consulate and left within an hour.

Vice President Mike Pence signals the USA may help investigate the disappearance of the Washington Post contributor and prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey said Tuesday it would search the Saudi Consulate.

TV channels broadcast videos of what they said were the men arriving at the airport and checking into hotels, as well as footage of vehicle traffic outside the consulate before and after Khashoggi's disappearance, including a black van with blacked out windows that the police find suspicious. He added that "there's some pretty bad stories going around - I do not like it".

The US Heard Saudis Talk About Capturing Khashoggi