Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Trump, after rogue killers comment, doubts unreleased Saudi report on Khashoggi

Trump, after rogue killers comment, doubts unreleased Saudi report on Khashoggi

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, also said the kingdom is weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi by mistake during an interrogation.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.

President Trump's suggestion that "rogue killers" may be responsible for Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance suggests he may let Saudi Arabia off the hook for another violation, said Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch.

After an initial silence, Riyadh said Khashoggi had left the consulate safely and then at the weekend denied as "baseless" claims that orders were given to have him killed.

The bank is also among the advisers Saudi Arabia hired to help sell pieces of the kingdom's state-owned oil business.

The Trump administration's determination to overlook this pattern was recently highlighted by its profoundly dishonest certification that Saudi Arabia is taking care in its Yemeni war to minimize harm to civilians.

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement last week he is pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia because of growing outrage over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist in Turkey.

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon has cancelled plans to attend an investment conference in Riyadh amid growing tensions between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi officials have dismissed allegations that it played any role in the disappearance of the Washington Post writer, who was a critic of Saudi crown prince.

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There will be rain as well later in the night and combined with the stormy winds and high tides, coastal flooding is likely. The main impacts for the United Kingdom will be from heavy rain across some western areas on Friday and Saturday.

Reporters waiting outside the consulate in Istanbul's Levent district said early October 16 that Turkish crime scene investigators turned off all the lights and surveyed the interior of the Saudi consulate with a special blue light used in forensics probes.

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be hard, but we believe we will obtain evidence", a Turkish official told Reuters.

Washington has reacted with uncharacteristic calm following the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi's alleged murder at the hands of Saudi operatives - something the kingdom has vehemently denied - is just the latest in a series of events raising the temperature of the kingdom's diplomatic relationship with many Western nations.

"If US sanctions are imposed on Saudi Arabia, we will be facing an economic disaster that would rock the entire world", said Aldakhil.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is still scheduled to attend the October 23 Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News. The inspection came less than a day after Erdoğan spoke to King Salman on the phone.

The Saudi consulate referred Reuters to authorities in Riyadh, who did not respond to questions about the 15 Saudis. A spokesman for JPMorgan confirmed chief executive Jamie Dimon will no longer attend, but declined to say why. Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Both companies declined to comment.

Similar campaigns trended on social media in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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