Khashoggi's disappearance: Astonishment at false stories

Larry Hoffman
October 10, 2018

The image was given to the Post by someone close to the Turkish investigation and released by the United States daily soon after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the Saudis to prove he left the consulate unharmed.

Saudi officials have said denied the allegations, saying they are baseless.

Jamal Khashoggi went there to get paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, and he hasn't been seen or heard from since October 2.

Turkish authorities have been given access to search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into a missing dissident journalist.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had been published in the Arab and Western media, vanished last Tuesday after visiting the consulate to obtain official documents. Khashoggi disappeared immediately afterward.

A group of 15 people from Saudi Arabia including some officials arrived in Istanbul in two planes and entered the consulate the same day Khashoggi was there and later left the country.

"I don't like hearing about it", President Donald Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance on Monday.

"What was explained to us is this: He was killed, make your funeral preparations", Kislakci said.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since previous year fearing possible arrest.

In March, the Senate narrowly failed in a bid to restrict U.S. support for Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen over rights concerns.

"We expect a full-out investigation and full transparency from Saudi authorities on what happened", Mogherini said. The prince also confirmed reports that Trump had asked Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members to pump enough oil to ensure that the reduction of Iran's oil exports of 700,000 barrels a day would not lead to a surge in oil prices. Footage emerged Tuesday showing Khashoggi entering the building the week before. This was not his first visit to the Consulate in Istanbul, as he regularly came to the Consulate (as well as the Embassy in Washington) in the last few months for citizen services.

In July, the United Nations human rights office called on Saudi Arabia to release all peaceful activists, including women held for campaigning against a ban on driving as it was being lifted. He had been living since a year ago in the a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman.

That hope diminished over the weekend, when several news outlets reported the possibility that Khashoggi had been killed and dismembered at the consulate so that his body could be smuggled out of the building without detection.

"What we do care about is Jamal's wellbeing, and revealing the truth about what occurred".

Hunt said he was seeking urgent answers about the fate of Khashoggi, one of the highest-profile critics of the Saudi leadership.

What have both countries said?


The administration has essentially told "violators of human rights and oppressive leaders, 'Go ahead, do what you need to do, we'll turn the other way, consequences won't be forthcoming, '" said Sarah Margon, Washington director of Human Rights Watch.

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'".

"I don't call myself an opposition: I always say I'm just a writer, I want a free environment to write and speak my mind and that's what I do in the Washington Post".

The Muslim Brotherhood, which was also drumbeating falsehood related to Khashoggi's disappearance, was exposed when the Saudi journalist's family reaffirmed their confidence in the measures being taken by the Saudi government.

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