Saudi Arabia killing: Khashoggi chilling last column released as audio describes torture

Roman Schwartz
October 18, 2018

The Russian president also said the USA bears some responsibility for what happened to Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile in Washington, DC, at the time of his disappearance.

Ms Attiah said the column was a ideal example of Khashoggi's commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world, which was "a freedom he apparently gave his life for".

"The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together", she wrote.

"Do this outside. You will put me in trouble", al-Otaibi, the consul, told them, according to the Turkish official and the report in Yeni Safak, both citing audio recordings said to have been obtained by Turkish intelligence.

In a sorrowful note atop the column, Khashoggi's editor explained why the Post chose to publish the column Wednesday, almost three weeks after his disappearance.

Such a forum is now lacking, says Khashoggi, a Post contributor and USA resident who disappeared entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2.

A pro-government Turkish newspaper Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of the alleged slaying of Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Mr Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, to pick up paperwork that would allow him to marry his fiancée Hatice Cengiz.

The US has asked Turkey for a recording said to provide strong evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at Istanbul's Saudi consulate.

The Saudi Government has denied any wrongdoing but has hinted the journalist's murder may have been the outcome of a botched interrogation by "rogue" employees.

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The Turkish government, he said, is conducting its own investigation and will share the results with the United States and Saudi Arabia. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said. He has recently suggested that the global community had jumped to conclusions that Saudi Arabia was behind Khashoggi's disappearance.

Middle East experts said the timing of the transfer likely sent a clear message to the Trump administration.

Asked in a Fox Business Network interview if Washington could abandon Riyadh, Trump said: "I do not want to do that". However, they have not presented any evidence to corroborate their claim and say that video cameras at the consulate were not recording at the time.

The Trump administration's willingness to give the Saudis the benefit of the doubt is hardly surprising, former United States diplomat Jim Jatras told RT.

"I'm not giving cover at all".

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was killed by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate, with his body then removed.

The New York Times had reported that Mutreb had travelled extensively with the Crown Prince, perhaps as a bodyguard.

The media industry in Saudi Arabia is strictly controlled by the government, which meant Khashoggi developed close ties to the country's leadership over the years.

On Tuesday, G7 foreign ministers called for Saudi Arabia to conduct a "transparent" investigation into the issue.

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