Central Intelligence Agency chief briefs Trump after Turkey visit

Sean Reid
October 26, 2018

In a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, he says the public prosecution "continues its investigation".

Two informed sources told Reuters today that Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week, the first indication Ankara has shared its key investigative evidence. Representatives for the CIA and Turkish intelligence declined to comment.

How world leaders treat Riyadh going forward appears to hinge on the extent to which they believe the Saudi version of events and how much responsibility sits with the country's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

The case has shone the spotlight on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, who has spearheaded reforms in the kingdom but now faces a stream of allegations - denied by Riyadh - that he ordered a high-profile critic killed.

Saudi Arabia initially maintained that Khashoggi, who had been writing critical columns in The Washington Post, had left the consulate alive on October 2.

Sports Illustrated has also reported that several WWE stars are reluctant to travel to Saudi Arabia following the incident in Turkey.

Thursday 25thOctober, 2018 [which was overshadowed by Jamal Khashoggi's murder and western business moguls and media giants boycott] was equally attended by Lebanese Prime Minister, Hafiz Ariri who was once kidnapped by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS], was seen conspicuously alongside the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS].

On Wednesday, the crown prince called the killing of Khashoggi a "heinous crime that can not be justified".

"One of the things that we are working on as an global community is ways to put leverage and put pressure on Saudi Arabia to give better answers as to what actually happened to Jamal Khashoggi and to understand that protection of a free press is fundamental to protecting human rights and upholding the stability and prosperity of countries around the world", he said.

One source also suggested his remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general's Istanbul home - located around 500 metres away from the consulate.

At one summit session, Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih described Mr Khashoggi's slaying as "abhorrent".

Asked by a reporter in the White House how the Khashoggi killing could have happened, Trump said: "They had a very bad original concept".

However, he added that Saudi Arabia would emerge from the crisis stronger.

According to reports, Vince McMahon was never prepared to pull out of the event and only if he was forced by the US government would the WWE have changed location for the event.

'We are determined not to allow the murder to be covered up and for those responsible - from the person who gave the order to those who executed it - not to escape justice, ' he said in the capital, Ankara.

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