Khashoggi's final Washington Post column before disappearing published

Khashoggi's final Washington Post column before disappearing published

Troy Powers
October 19, 2018

His demand came as he expressed support for Saudi Arabia, a long-time US ally, and said he expects its investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance would be completed by the end of the week.

Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi - a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body removed. But, she wrote, "Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen". "Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent".

Trump has urged patience in the wake of USA -based Khashoggi's disappearance earlier this month during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and said he took the matter seriously.

It has been two weeks since the Washington Post contributor and Virginia resident, a critic of the current Saudi leadership, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork he needed for his marriage.

A report Wednesday by the pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak, citing what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi's slaying, said a Saudi team immediately accosted the 60-year-old journalist after he entered the consulate, cutting off his fingers and later decapitating him. The Saudi government has denied any involvement.

The Saudi consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, who was heard on a video recording of Khashoggi being killed and dismembered in the consulate, could be the "next execution", as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman "would do anything to get rid of the evidence", the Hurriyet Daily News said Thursday.

"[But] Even in Tunisia and Kuwait, where the press is considered at least 'partly free, ' the media focuses on domestic issues but not issues faced by the greater Arab world", he added.

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"He's implicitly recognized the right of Israel to exist", Toma points out, "and during the last couple of years, there's this sort of nearly a de facto alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel".

Global leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance.

Pompeo also pointed out that the USA has had a "long strategic relationship" with Saudi Arabia, and "we need to be mindful of that" in this process. "I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers". At another point, he said, "I'm not sure yet that it exists".

According to a Tuesday New York Times report, an unnamed official told the outlet that "the timing of this was no coincidence".

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has tweeted he's pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia.

After his visit to Saudi Arabia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "My assessment from these meetings is that there is serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials".