JM Rieger @RiegerReport Video Editor, The Washington Post • [email protected] Oct. 06, 2018 11 min read

Turkey concludes that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who writes for The Washington Post’s Global Opinions section, was killed by a 15-person ‘murder’ team in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this week, according to WaPo sources. 

“Before Khashoggi’s disappearance, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him, according to a person familiar with the information.” 

A video obtained by The Washington Post purports to show events in Istanbul on the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. 

The New York Times, citing a senior official, reports Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on orders from the the Saudi royal court. 

“Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.” 

Turks tell U.S. officials they have audio and video recordings that support conclusion Khashoggi was killed 

"One of the 15 Saudis named by Turkish officials as being involved in the disappearance of a journalist … is a forensic expert known for pioneering rapid and mobile autopsies, according to Arab media reports and his own academic writings.” 

Saudis to allow Turkish investigators to search consulate 

“Among other things, Turkish officials have said, an autopsy specialist carrying a bone saw was among 15 Saudi operatives who flew in and out of Istanbul the day Mr. Khashoggi disappeared.” rel="nofollow"> class='tco-ellipsis'> 

.@SangerNYT: “WH officials are worried that the apparent killing of … Jamal Khashoggi, and Saudi Arabia’s changing account of his fate, could derail a major showdown with Iran and jeopardize plans to enlist Saudi help to avoid disrupting the oil market.” 

"Turkish officials have provided The Washington Post with scans of passports that they say were carried by seven men who were part of a Saudi team involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.” 

NYT - Suspects in Khashoggi Case Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump Tuesday criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning of a rush to judgment. 

"American intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia is culpable in the killing of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi” 

BOB CORKER "expressed frustration that his repeated efforts to obtain an intelligence assessment on the fate of Mr. Khashoggi had been denied by the administration” 

"The United States received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi” 

ABC News - Turkish officials believe that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate following a struggle that lasted eight minutes and they believe he died of strangulation. 

"The announcement marks the first time that Saudi officials have acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate..Saudi officials have repeatedly said that he left the consulate alive and that they had no information on his whereabouts or fate” 

TRUMP asked today if the CIA had heard an audio recording of KHASHOGGI’s death.

“Not that we know of.”

In fact, the CIA has listened to an audio recording that Turkish officials say proves KHASHOGGI was killed, @John_Hudson, @jdawsey1 & @agearan report. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir:

“The crown prince has denied this, the crown prince is not aware of this. ... This was an operation that was a rogue operation.”

Khashoggi’s death was a ‘rogue operation’ that the crown prince was not aware of, Saudi foreign minister says 

The Wall Street Journal reports that Saudi Arabia had access to an audio recording that offers evidence that JAMAL KHASHOGGI was drugged, killed and dismembered minutes after walking into the Saudi consulate. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir when asked about a potential audio recording yesterday:

“[The Turks] have said they have audio but we haven’t heard it and I don’t know any other government that has access to those audio tapes."

Trump on Saturday said the U.S. had not heard an audio recording from inside the Saudi consulate:

"So far we’ve heard about it, but nobody's seen it."

"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the United States is revoking visas for the Saudi men accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.” 

In his first public comments on Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the killing was a "heinous crime that cannot be justified.”

He accused unidentified critics of trying to use it to “drive a wedge” between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. 

“CIA Director Gina Haspel listened to audio purportedly capturing the interrogation and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi” 

Saudi Arabia now says Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated, reversing its statement last week that the journalist had died in a fistfight at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by "rogue" agents. 

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkish prosecutor says Saudi journalist was strangled as soon as he entered consulate; body dismembered and disposed of. 

"Turkey’s public prosecutor said Wednesday that Jamal Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered upon arrival at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month as part of 'advance plans' to kill the prominent Saudi journalist and dispose of his body.” 

“Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a dangerous Islamist days after his disappearance in a phone call with President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton” 

NYT - The Trump administration is preparing to end air refueling flights for the Saudi Arabian military campaign in Yemen and impose sanctions against Saudis linked to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. 

“Two Turkish officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, said that the audio makes clear that Khashoggi suffered a drawn out death. He is choked for around seven minutes before he dies, they said.”

NYT - "Shortly after Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated last month, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to 'tell your boss,' believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that the operatives had carried out their mission” 

U.S. announces sanctions against 17 Saudis for alleged roles in killing of Jamal Khashoggi, including senior aide to crown prince 

CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination 

“The CIA examined a call placed from inside the consulate after the killing by an alleged member of the Saudi hit team ... [who] called Saud al-Qahtani, then one of the top aides to Mohammed, and informed him that the operation had been completed” 

“A top White House official responsible for American policy toward Saudi Arabia resigned on Friday evening, a move that may suggest fractures inside the Trump administration over the response to the brutal killing of the dissident Jamal Khashoggi.” rel="nofollow"> class='tco-ellipsis'> 

TRUMP on MBS knowledge of KHASHOGGI killing:

“Will anybody really know?..he did have certainly people that were reasonably close to him..probably involved..we put on very heavy sanctions..But at the same time..I want to stick with an ally that in many ways has been very good.”

“Trump said Saturday he hadn’t been briefed on the [CIA assessment that MBS ordered Khashoggi killing] and that he would be speaking with the CIA. But aides say he’s seen evidence implicating Mohammed and looked for ways to avoid pinning the blame on him.” 

TRUMP statement on KHASHOGGI:

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”

More Trump:

“We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. … The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia"

The CIA concluded last week that Saudi Crown Prince MBS ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump today:

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information” 

Trump’s full statement giving the Saudi royal family a pass for Jamal Khashoggi, annotated 

"Trump issued an exclamation-mark packed statement Tuesday that defended Saudi Arabia, continued to question the CIA’s conclusion that [MBS ordered the killing] of Jamal Khashoggi and effectively declared the issue closed — as far as he was concerned.” 


After 2 years of decline, revenue jumped 13% in the first 3 months of 2018 at Trump’s Manhattan hotel following a single visit by Saudis traveling with the Crown Prince.

The Saudi government also spent $270,000 at Trump’s DC hotel in 2017. 

WSJ - "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser, who oversaw the team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist’s death in October” 

Lindsey Graham: MBS “complicit” in Khashoggi’s murder

Bob Corker: “Zero question” MBS ordered Khashoggi’s murder 


“If they were in a Democratic administration, I would be all over them for being in the pocket of Saudi Arabia. … I’m going to assume they’re being good soldiers [in toeing the Trump line on Khashoggi/MBS]” 


“If the crown prince went in front of a jury, he would be convicted in 30 minutes [of murder.]" 

GRAHAM wants:
- Senate resolution saying MBS “complicit” in Khashoggi murder
- Magnitsky Act sanctions on those involved
- To cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia until those involved “brought to justice”
- Won’t support war in Yemen “as constructed” 

CORKER wants:
- Trump administration to “strongly condemn” Khashoggi killing
- “Pass something that became law” focusing on Khashoggi murder
- (Corker demurred on war in Yemen) 

CNN source:

Jamal Khashoggi's last words per transcript: "I can't breathe.” 

KUSHNER on Fox last night:

"I think our intelligence agencies are making their assessments.” 

CIA Director Gina Haspel statement to The Washington Post:

“As I have seen time and again, [President Trump] takes into account a range of input, including CIA assessments, when deliberating policy decisions.” 

Trump stands by MBS, declines to say whether the crown prince was complicit in Khashoggi’s murder:

“He’s the leader of Saudi Arabia. They’ve been a very good ally.” 

POMPEO on CIA conclusion that MBS ordered the murder of KHASHOGGI:

"Some of the reporting that you've seen on that has been inaccurate. ... The Saudis have already paid the price. There are the folks who actually committed the murder, we've held accountable."

In September 2017, the same month Jamal Khashoggi began writing columns for WashPost, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi if he did not return to Saudi Arabia and end his criticism of the government. 

The U.N. human rights expert leading an independent inquiry into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi said Thursday that Saudi Arabia had “seriously curtailed and undermined” Turkey’s attempts to investigate Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi Consulate in October. 

"Trump is refusing to meet a legal requirement to send Congress a report due Friday that requires the White House to determine whether Saudi Arabia's crown prince is personally responsible for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.” 

NYT - MBS authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters — which included the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens — over a year before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. 

TIME - The CIA and foreign security services are warning friends and colleagues of Jamal Khashoggi that their efforts to continue the pro-democracy work of Khashoggi has made them and their families the targets of potential retaliation from Saudi Arabia. 

KUSHNER would not call for Saudi Arabia to release KHASHOGGI’s body to his family for burial:

"Look, it's a horrific thing that happened. … Once we have all the facts, then we'll make a policy determination, but that would be up to the Secretary of State to push on our policy."

TRUMP last night on KHASHOGGI:

REPORTER: Mr. President, are you willing to say that MBS is responsible for Khashoggi's death?

TRUMP: When did this come up again? What are you, back — are you back — are you back, what, four months ago? No.

TIM KAINE: The Energy Dept. transferred nuclear technical expertise to Saudi Arabia 7 times under Trump, including twice after Saudi Arabia murdered Jamal Khashoggi.

KAINE: "I have serious questions about whether [decisions] were made based on the Trump family’s financial ties"

Reminder: Trump continually inflated the economic benefits of an arms deal with Saudi Arabia to downplay the Saudi murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says he does not know where Jamal Khashoggi’s body is:

“We asked Turkey to work with us on this issue and we haven’t heard from them yet. … This is an ongoing process and we will get to the bottom of it."

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