Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Journalist Critic's Detention — WashPost

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Global pressure has mounted on close US ally Saudi Arabia over the whereabouts of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies who entered the consulate on October 2 to get documents for his planned marriage.

On his first worldwide trip as president, Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales. "We're probably getting closer than you might think but I have to find out what happened".

University of Texas law professor Steve Vladeck weighed in on this revelation, saying it's "remarkable" that the US had this intelligence and seemingly failed to act on it.

Paul also brought up the Saudi military intervention in the civil war in Yemen, saying that Riyadh has been "bombing civilians" in the neighboring country "for over a year now" and that Khashoggi's disappearance just adds to the anger directed at Saudi Arabia. The Saudi consulate says Khashoggi left its premises.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not directly accused Saudi Arabia of disappearing Khashoggi, He said if they have footage of Khashoggi leaving the consulate, they should release it, The Associated Press reports.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for Saudi Arabia to support an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance. About two hours after he entered the consulate, video released by state media in Turkey shows several vehicles with diplomatic license plates, leave the consulate and drive some 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away to the consul's residence.

A source told the Post that prior to Khashoggi going missing, US intelligence intercepted Saudi officials' communications, which revealed a plan to capture Khashoggi and get him to Saudi Arabia.

Citing US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the matter, the American daily - to which Khashoggi contributed as a columnist - reported Wednesday that details of the operation bore the hallmarks of a "rendition".

Saudi Arabia denies involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, a former insider in Saudi government circles who has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for the past year after fleeing a crackdown on intellectuals and activists in the country.

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"I think we'll get to the bottom of it", said Trump.

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain papers for his pending marriage to his Turkish fiance Hatice Cengiz.

Politicians in the US, Riyadh's main ally, have warned that any harm done to the Washington Post contributor will jeopardise America's relations with the world's largest oil exporter.

US intelligence intercepted communications between Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to his disappearance last week in Turkey in a case now roiling worldwide investigators and threatening to damage relations between Washington and Riyadh.

On Tuesday, footage and identities of the "assassination" squad were made public. "It's a very serious situation for us". A third appeared to be a special forces soldier who worked as a bodyguard to Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. If the journalist was indeed killed, it is a shocking escalation of Saudi repression and confidence in its ability to ride out the targeting of a widely respected figure, who lived in Washington and wrote for the Washington Post, while he was in Turkey.

Riyadh insisted the Khashoggi left the building and called the murder claims "baseless".

The identity and the roles that most or all of them held in the Saudi government or security services are now known to the Turkish officials. "I've told them they have to pay for their military".

"I would not be in favor of stopping a country from spending $110 billion and letting Russian Federation and China have that money", he said, adding that he wanted to find out what happened to Khashoggi.

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