Published: Mon, October 15, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Turkey has audio of writer’s killing — Newspaper

Turkey has audio of writer’s killing — Newspaper

Saudi officials have denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder, saying he left the consulate on October 2.

Turkish officials have said that a 15-person team flew from Saudi Arabia into Istanbul on the day Khashoggi entered the consulate, and they have provided information about two private planes that, they say, were involved in the transit of these Saudis.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed at the consulate last week.

Jamal Khashoggi, a contributing writer to the Washington Post who was highly critical of the Saudi government, was expected to head up the group, called Democracy for the Arab World Now, the Daily Beast reported.

'We have to find out who did it, ' Trump said.

'We want to see what's going on.

"I think the United States of America stands ready to assist in any way", Pence said.

Trump said Khashoggi's fiancée had sent him a letter and may come to the White House soon. "It's being investigated, it's being looked at very, very strongly". "It's a awful thing". "This is a bad situation. We can't let this happen".

Members of Congress have grown increasingly insistent in recent days that the Trump administration get to the bottom of the disappearance.

Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in a tweet Monday that he had spoken with the Saudi ambassador.

"I think that would be hurting us", Trump said.

"If it did happen there would be hell to pay", Graham said.

Saudi Arabia says it rejects any "threats" of economic sanctions or political pressure after Trump's comments on the disappearance of Khashoggi, adding that if it "receives any action, it will respond with greater action".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment. The Saudi government has dismissed that allegation.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke to the crown prince to reiterate the US' request for information, Sanders said. "That was our first hope, our first hope was that he was not killed, but maybe that's not looking too good... from what we're hearing", Trump told journalists at the White House.

"I have this unusual feeling like I have failed to look after something so dear", she said.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

A key USA lawmaker, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, told VOA the unfolding drama could significantly affect US relations with Saudi Arabia, long an American ally in the Middle East.

One of the men identified by name and photo in the Sabah report is a Saudi forensic expert, according to Saudi media reports, and is on the board of the Saudi Society of Forensic Medicine.

Murad Sezer / Reuters Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

A source told the Washington Post that U.S. intelligence "intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him".

State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino earlier insisted that the United States had no forewarning of any concrete threat to Khashoggi.

US officials have been briefed on the evidence, and The Post reports that USA intelligence intercepts revealed that Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Mr. Khashoggi back to the kingdom from Washington, where he has been living in self-imposed exile and contributing commentaries to The Post.

The Post said it was not clear to officials with knowledge of the intelligence whether the Saudis discussed harming Khashoggi as part of the plan to detain him in Saudi Arabia. "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate", she wrote. They claimed that senior Saudi officials had approached the journalist with offers of protection - including a government job in at least one case - if he would return to his native country.

"To me.it feels very much some nefarious activity has occurred by them".

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's show that the United States would send Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to the consulate to investigate if the Saudis requested it.

Cengiz says she was questioned by Turkish investigators after the disappearance and has had a few calls with officials since.

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