October 12, 2018
This story is bizarre on so many different levels.
If they had a 15 man assassination squad, why didn’t they just send it in to Turkey to kidnap him in a van and disappear him on the streets? They even could have just had him shot and his body left on the street.
There are 1000 different ways to kill a man and there still be some reasonable doubt as to whether you did it or not. The only way for there to not be doubt is to do it inside your own embassy.
I’m sure they wanted to send a message to other dissidents, but a dead dissident always sends a message. You don’t actually have to make it 100% known that “yes, we did this.”
Just… doing it in the embassy is so hard to comprehend, I keep thinking that there has to be some other level to this story.
Turkish officials have audio and video evidence that shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the BBC has learned.
Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he entered the building on 2 October.
Turkish intelligence had “documented evidence” of the murder, a source close to the investigation said.
Saudi Arabia denies the allegations. It says the journalist left the building.
A Turkish security source has confirmed to the BBC the existence of an audio and a video recording. What is not clear is if anyone other than Turkish officials has seen or heard them.
One source is cited by the Washington Post saying men can be heard beating Mr Khashoggi; it adds that the recordings show he was killed and dismembered.
“You can hear his voice and the voices of the men speaking Arabic,” a separate source told the Post. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered”. Mr Khashoggi is a contributing columnist for the newspaper.
Earlier this week leading columnist Kemal Ozturk, considered close to the Turkish government, alleged there was a video of the moment Jamal Khashoggi was killed.
Turkey’s official line is that Mr Khashoggi is missing but that it knows “for sure” he has been killed.
However, the government has agreed to a joint investigation with the Saudis, and a Saudi delegation arrived in Ankara on Friday to take part in talks expected over the weekend.
Their arrival came a day after a senior Saudi royal figure, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, was said to have briefly visited Turkey amid signs that the Saudi monarchy was seeking an urgent solution to the diplomatic crisis between the two countries.
Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance threatens the reputation of the new Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Salman, and his country’s relationships across the world, the BBC’s Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen reports.
Sucks for you, dude.
This for sure threatens your reputation and business relationships.
Unfortunately, in current year, you can’t just Pulp Fiction a journalist all publicly like this and then just expect it to go away.
Even while most of us get the whole “he deserved it” line, journalists are just too powerful.
But I knew you weren’t very smart at dealing with the media when you started demanding they call you “MBS.”