Saudi Arabia ‘to ADMIT missing journalist killed’ in consulate interrogation

Saudi Arabia ‘to ADMIT missing journalist killed’ in consulate interrogation

Saudi Arabia ‘to ADMIT missing journalist killed’ in consulate interrogation

October 11: The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, reports the Turkish government told USA officials that it had audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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.

Saudi Arabia is preparing to acknowledge the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a botched interrogation, CNN and the New York Times said on Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump speculated "rogue killers" may be responsible. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, in a case that has provoked an global outcry.

Trump called his top diplomat on Sunday night and asked him to have face-to-face meetings with the Saudi leaders, according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

Lockheed Martin, the largest defense firm in the world, has long counted Saudi Arabia as a key customer.

The Saudi government has repeatedly denied any involvement in the journalist's disappearance and in a statement Sunday warned that "if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action".

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.

Aldakhil pointed out that due the economic muscle of Saudi Arabia, which is the destination of ten per cent of the weapons manufactured in the USA and is one of the top 20 economies, Riyadh will have as many as 30 different options "without flinching an eye if sanctions are imposed on it".

It is feared that a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who wrote critically about Mohammed bin Salman.

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Mr Pompeo was hastily dispatched to Riyadh amid signs that the current Saudi position - a flat denial that Mr Khashoggi was killed inside their consulate in Istanbul - might be about to change.

King Salman has replaced two crown princes in the past.

It is not the first time that King Salman has sought to ease tensions surrounding the 33-year-old Prince Mohammed, who has been cultivated by the United States but whose reformist credentials are being quickly shredded by the mystery surrounding Khashoggi's fate.

The sales are a "tremendous order for our companies", and if the Saudis don't buy their weaponry from the US, they will get it from others, he said.

The Future Investment Initiative (FII) runs from October 23 to 25 with US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde among those scheduled to take part. Authorities there believe he was killed in the building by Saudi agents, which Riyadh has dismissed as "lies". Both companies declined comment. Prince Mohammed told Reuters a year ago that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

With so much on the line, Loren Thompson, a consultant that counts numerous top defense firms as clients, said that he "would be willing to bet that every major defense contractor that was scheduled to appear at the conference will go".

Ford Motor Co Chairman Bill Ford also pulled out, as well as media organizations like CNN and Bloomberg which once served as sponsors of the conference.

Saudi Arabia and its allies, however, are pushing back.

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