Pompeo gave crown prince 72 hours to finish Khashoggi probe

Clay Curtis
October 18, 2018

President Donald Trump is set to meet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday to discuss Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist whose suspected murder has created a crisis that threatens the President's foreign policy priorities and is drawing attention to his potential conflicts of interest with Saudi Arabia.

Turkish police completed an overnight search of the consulate and consul's residence, where investigators were seen carrying away boxes of material.

He emphasized that the allegedly gruesome murder of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul can not go unanswered by the United States.

Turkish officials maintain that they have evidence that Saudi officials killed and dismembered Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, inside their consulate in Istanbul.

Now several news outlets - in Turkey and the United States - have reported the existence of audio tapes which they say prove this.

The US president has been on the defensive ever since Khashoggi - a US resident and Washington Post contributor who had been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - vanished on October 2 after visiting the Istanbul consulate.

Khashoggi wrote the "ripe" hope of future freedoms felt by many during the Arab Spring of 2011, which saw popular uprisings throughout the Middle East, had been "shattered".

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The prosecutor's office said after the Levent Police Station was told by Khashoggi's Turkish citizen fiancee Hatice Cengiz on October 2, 4.40 p.m. local time (1340GMT) about the disappearance, the investigation "began immediately".

"This guy has got to go", said Sen.

"Through the creation of an independent global forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face". In the column, Khashoggi laments that Tunisia is the only country in the Arab world that was classified in a recent report as "free" (in terms of everything from the press to elections). He wrote for The Washington Post after leaving Saudi Arabia.

Pro-government Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported it had heard audio recordings of Khashoggi being tortured during an interrogation, having his fingers cut off and then being decapitated.

The report said it was unclear if he was dead or alive at the time.

One of the suspects identified by Turkey is a close associate of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "The behavior is so morally repellent, so totally and universally, except perhaps in Saudi government, unacceptable that he has to do something", said Napolitano, adding that the administration has many factors to weigh with regard to the relations with the Saudis. Khashoggi also covered the Gulf War, and his time as a foreign correspondent quickly propelled him into a successful career as a journalist and editor in Saudi Arabia.

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