Turkish Media Identifies 15 Saudis Allegedly Involved in Journalist’s Disappearance

Turkish Media Identifies 15 Saudis Allegedly Involved in Journalist’s Disappearance

Saudi officials say Khashoggi left through an alternate exit, but have offered no proof to support that contention.

Earlier Wednesday, Corker, who as the Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has seen US intelligence reports, said that "the likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate" and that "there was Saudi involvement" in whatever happened to Khashoggi.

But three USA law enforcement sources said that because Khashoggi is not an American citizen and disappeared outside the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has no automatic jurisdiction to get involved in the case and could only become involved if requested by a foreign government such as Turkey.

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.

Officials leave Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 7, 2018. Two previous attempts both failed, the first one garnering only 25 votes while the second managed to get 47 votes - but Paul thinks that "growing opposition" to Saudi actions would ensure that another vote would be successful.

President Donald Trump is facing new pressure to investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and determine whether to impose sanctions on those responsible after receiving a letter from a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday. The video later shows some of the men leaving a hotel near the Saudi consulate and Khashoggi entering the consulate.

The journalist was known as a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's increasingly authoritarian posture toward dissent in the Kingdom.

"We can not let this happen to reporters, to anybody", Mr Trump said on Wednesday.

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Khashoggi, a wealthy former government insider who had been living in the U.S.in self-imposed exile, had gone to the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get paperwork he needed for his upcoming marriage while his Turkish fiancee waited outside. When asked whether he's demanding answers from the Saudis, Trump said, "yes we are".

Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to pick up some paperwork.

Turkish officials believe that Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate, but USA officials observed that the way the operation was conducted looked more like a kidnapping.

He revealed later in his column for the Washington Post that he fled his country because he was afraid of being arrested in his home country.

The Post reported intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan offer evidence that implicate the regime in Khashoggi's disappearance last week after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. If the journalist was indeed killed, it is a shocking escalation of Saudi repression and confidence in its ability to ride out the targeting of a widely respected figure, who lived in Washington and wrote for the Washington Post, while he was in Turkey. "Well, I have to find out who did it, but people saw him go in...but they didn't see come out, as they understand it and we're going to take a very serious look at it". And frankly I think that that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country.

Turkish officials have concluded, whatever the intent of the operation, Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. "I don't like it at all", he added. The Trump administration's Middle East policy, ranging from issues of Iran, Syria and Israel, has been built around the Saudi alliance despite criticism of the kingdom's abysmal human rights record and the war in Yemen.

They have not yet provided evidence or spoken on the record regarding the details of their investigation.

'Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow up call with the Crown Prince to reiterate the United States request for information. So far, I'm told, the Saudis haven't been co-operating - hence Ankara releasing the names of the alleged Saudi hit squad on Wednesday.

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