Images surface of alleged Saudi ‘assassination squad’ following writer’s disappearance

Jermaine Castillo
October 11, 2018

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"Would be nice to definitively rule out that the Saudis are paying the president massive bribes in exchange for tacit approval for murdering critics!"

Khashoggi is a resident of the United States and has been living in Washington, D.C. The former editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper and then an advisor to Saudi government officials, in the previous year Khashoggi had written columns critical of the Saudi goverment in the Post.

MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH via Getty Images Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen in public since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Turkish authorities say Mr Khashoggi was killed.

While angry members of Congress likely won't cause the administration to end decades of close security ties with Saudi Arabia, the initiation on Wednesday of possible sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act indicated the depth of concern on Capitol Hill over Khashoggi's case.

A source told the Post that prior to Khashoggi going missing, US intelligence intercepted Saudi officials' communications, which revealed a plan to capture Khashoggi and get him to Saudi Arabia.

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President Donald Trump revealed that First Lady Melania Trump has joined the effort to "get to the bottom" of what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"When I hear of the arrest of a friend who did nothing that (deserved being) arrested, it makes me feel I shouldn't go", he told the BBC.

We were going to take my siblings and some of our closest friends to dinner to share the good news.

Turkish security sources told TRT World that the "hit squad" took CCTV footage from the consulate with them when they left Turkey.

But in his first extensive remarks about Khashoggi's case, Trump warned it is "a very sad situation". Neoconservative Francis Fukuyama also echoed the demand of many progressive critics by demanding president's son-in-law and top Middle East advisor Jared Kushner, use his cozy relationship with MbS to get answers.

Surveillance footage released by the Turkish government shows Khashoggi entering the consulate, but they say there is no evidence he left afterward, leading Turkish officials to say they believe he was killed.

Khashoggi had sought to become a USA citizen after living in self-imposed exile since a year ago, fearing repercussions for his criticism of the prince, Cengiz wrote.

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Khashoggi was a USA resident. Saudi Arabia denies knowing anything about his fate, saying that he left the building.

"I have to find out what happened", Trump said, when asked if US-Saudi relations would be jeopardized by the disappearance of Khashoggi, a US resident who Turkish officials suspect was murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Protest: People hold pictures of Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"Fox & Friends" hosts (from left) Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade spoke with President Donald Trump on October 11 about Khashoggi and U.S. -Saudi relations.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain's Foreign Secretary, met with the Saudi ambassador to the United Kingdom on Tuesday "to seek urgent answers over Jamal Khashoggi".

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke to Salman in a "follow up call" that sought to "reiterate the United States request for information".

Pro-government Turkish media published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi men who allegedly made a mysterious one-day trip to Istanbul on private jets on the day that Mr Khashoggi vanished at the Saudi consulate. According to the New York Times, officials in Istanbul believe he was killed on orders from the royal court of Saudi Arabia.

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