Jamal Khashoggi: Mike Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia

Arnold Nichols
October 16, 2018

October 7: Saudi government officials deny involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance after reports that he was killed.

"Per two sources who spoke to CNN, however, the Saudis are preparing a report admitting that they meant to abduct and bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but that he was inadvertently killed in the process".

One of CNN's sources told the network that "the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible".

In an apparent response to Trump's comments, a Saudi official said if any moves were taken against the kingdom "it will respond with greater action".

Trump quoted the King on Monday as saying that neither he nor his son, Crown Prince Mohammed, had any information about what had happened to Khashoggi.

Over the weekend, US President Donald Trump vowed "severe punishment" if it were proven that Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi, and sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom on Monday to discuss the incident.

He was an outspoken critic of the Saudi regime, and was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Trump's argument that any such curtailment would entail a US economic sacrifice and would only open a market for Russian Federation and China to exploit is phony because his claim of securing $110 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia is also phony.

The Saudi Government issued a statement condemning and denouncing "the false accusations circulated in media reports on the Saudi Government and other people in the purported relation to the disappearance" of Khashoggi.

Mr. Khashoggi was last seen October 2 entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

But privately, others are now questioning whether the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the man once hailed as a visionary saviour of Saudi Arabia, has gone too far.

"Since Saudi arms are being used to ravage Yemen and they are apparently complicit in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sale", Durbin said. Specifically, the Turks claim to have audio and video evidence demonstrating that Saudi operatives tortured and killed the dissident journalist - and then, with the aid of a bone saw and a doctor of forensic medicine, chopped his body into pieces. But the careful wording appeared to leave open the possibility that Khashoggi died or was killed during an attempt to detain him, as some have speculated. You talk to experts, and this is what they say.

Bahrain called for a boycott of Uber, in which PIF has invested $3.5 billion, after its chief executive officer said he would not attend the conference.

Meanwhile, more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month.

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