Twenty-two United States senators on Wednesday forced a U.S. investigation of whether human rights sanctions should be imposed over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist last seen as he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2.
Britain is a close ally and trade partner of Saudi Arabia. After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. Saudi officials say Khashoggi left through an alternate exit, but have offered no proof to support that contention.
Washington Post reports that US intelligence intercepts reveal the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered Jamal Khashoggi to be lured and detained; Rich Edson reports from the State Department on the latest. A senior Turkish official told the Times that "Ankara hoped that Washington and the worldwide community would take the lead in challenging Saudi Arabia".
But that's not enough for Khashoggi's fiance, who wrote an op-ed Tuesday imploring "President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".
Before Khashoggi's disappearance, USA intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him, according to a person familiar with the information.
Corker described his talks with Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, as "not a great conversation", and asked to show him video footage of him leaving the consulate.
Trump said nobody knows exactly what happened and expressed hope that Khashoggi is not dead.
The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that us intelligence intercepts, according to USA officials familiar with them, reveal that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an effort to lure Khashoggi back to his home country.
Anonymous Turkish officials have describing the incident as a "premeditated murder", saying the journalist was killed inside the consulate and that his dismembered body was subsequently moved out of the building.
On Tuesday, footage and identities of the "assassination" squad were made public. "We're probably getting closer than you might think but I have to find out what happened".
Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the orders of Saudi leadership, Turkish officials revealed to the New York Times. A third appeared to be a special forces soldier who worked as a bodyguard to Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile for the past year, vanished on October 2 after he entered the consulate to obtain a document. "I don't trust them one bit, '" Khaled Saffuri, an Arab American political activist, told the Post about a conversation he had with Khashoggi in May, moments after a call from Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to the royal court.
Saudi officials say the journalist left the consulate after his brief visit, rejecting the Turkish claims as baseless. He also said the U.S. was working "very closely" with Turkey, "and I think we'll get to the bottom of it". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the US request for information and a thorough, transparent investigation.
A government source has told me President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sounding more cautious than the leaks, because if he were to echo the allegations that Mr Khashoggi was murdered, it would mean kicking out the Saudi ambassador and consul general by now.
"I think [there's] growing opposition to what the Saudis are doing in Yemen and this just adds to it", he continued. I received an answer that further fueled my fears: Jamal had already left, they told me, possibly without my noticing.