Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Washington Post Publishes Jamal Khashoggi's Final Column Before Disappearance

Washington Post Publishes Jamal Khashoggi's Final Column Before Disappearance

"If you want to live when you come to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!" he said.

The crown prince, touted as a radical reformer for his decision to let women drive and drive to modernize the desert kingdom's oil-dependent economy, is at odds with Turkey over the latter's support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its military alliance with Saudi Arabia's big bugbear, Qatar.

Trump said later on Wednesday the United States had asked Turkey for any audio or video evidence it may have related to the case but was not sure whether any such evidence exists. Lippmann said Graham probably "didn't think much of the optics of that glad-handing session between Pompeo and the prince - but when did this administration ever care about the optics?"

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies and columnist for the Washington Post who was living in the United States, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get marriage documents.

But Trump has slow-pedaled on the possibility of action against Saudi Arabia, which he has repeatedly praised as a historic customer for the U.S. weapons industry, at one point suggesting "rogue killers" could be to blame for Khashoggi's disappearance.

Prominent US newspapers have reported, citing anonymous sources, that Saudi officials may soon acknowledge Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate but blame it on a botched intelligence operation.

Khalil Jahshan with the Arab Centre Washington D.C. says investigators have been leaking disturbing evidence to try and force the Saudis to admit they were involved. The Saudi government is in hot water over the Khashoggi incident which is suspected of a being a brutal murder.

"In all probability, the Saudis want Trump to know that his cooperation in covering for the Khashoggi affair is important to the Saudi monarch", said Joshua Landis, a professor at the University of Oklahoma. "Saudi Arabia is poised to play a large role in the U.S. zone of control in northern and eastern Syria and will go beyond simply donating a large sum of money to the stabilization effort".

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Another Saudi implicated by the Turkish government in Khashoggi's disappearance was Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his silence on key details and questions as he prepared to leave Turkey, which he visited for talks over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Members of the Saudi security team that Turkish officials say were waiting for him there, and others who flew to Istanbul for the operation, also have links to Mohammed and the Saudi royal court. He spoke by phone a day earlier with King Salman, and he said both deny any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.

Turkish police on Monday night undertook an eight-hour search at the consulate, taking away soil and DNA samples, although a search expected on Tuesday at the consul's residence has so far not taken place because Saudi officials were unable to join. Lindsey Graham of SC, turning to speak to the camera.

He said before arriving in Turkey that in Saudi Arabia he stressed the "importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance" and Riyadh had vowed to do this.

He said: "No, not at all, I just want to find out what's happening".

Khashoggi, who had been living in the USA, visited the consulate to file paperwork for his wedding and has not been seen since.

But this is the first time Turkish media have claimed to have heard the recording.

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