Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

Jamal Khashoggi's final column published

Jamal Khashoggi's final column published

Kushner and MBS also reportedly communicated directly with princes from Saudi Arabia and the UAE using WhatsApp messaging, according to the report, citing a western official and Saudi source. However, Turkish media reported that it appeared as though the consulate had been swept by Saudi agents before the search. They put the president at odds with other key allies and with some leaders in his Republican Party who have condemned the Saudi leadership for what they say is an obvious role in the case.

The cancellation comes amid an worldwide outcry over the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

USA intelligence reports, accounts from Khashoggi's friends, passport records and social media profiles paint a picture of a brutal killing that at least had its roots in Mohammed's desire to silence Khashoggi, a former palace insider turned critic of the government and the prince in particular.

"Sooner's betters than later for everyone", Pompeo said.

Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak published on Wednesday what it said were details from audio recordings purportedly documenting Khashoggi's torture and interrogation.

It described the recording as offering evidence that a Saudi team immediately accosted the 60-year-old journalist after he entered the consulate. Asked if he was going to walk away from Saudi Arabia if the investigations reveal a hit job on Khashoggi, Trump said "I don't want to do that", citing a $110 billion weapons deal with the Kingdom.

Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi fled Turkey yesterday, hours before it was reported that he can be heard on the seven minute audio Khashoggi allegedly recorded on his smartwatch of his own torture and murder.

Speaking in Washingon, Trump said he was "hopeful" the crisis would resolve itself, while Pompeo told reporters in Brussels the U.S. takes the journalist's suspected killing and dismemberment seriously, even as both men stressed the importance of the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

Turkey has now asked the USA to share Khashoggi's blood and DNA samples with them, he added. When asked if he had learned any details about Khashoggi's disappearance, Pompeo told reporters that "I don't want to talk about any of the facts; they didn't want to, either, in that they want to have the opportunity to complete this investigation in a thorough way".

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"The answer is for now I am" still going, Mnuchin said, adding that if more information came out he would take it into consideration. "That is a big factor in my eyes, and I hope they haven't", he said.

Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC and one of the kingdom's biggest defenders, angrily rejected the Saudi denials that Trump repeated.

On Tuesday, Pompeo had "direct and candid " talks with King Salman, the king's son, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, as well as Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

No major decisions are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ruling Saud family.

Khashoggi, a former regime insider who became critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to sort out marriage paperwork.

On Tuesday, a high-level Turkish official told the AP that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Trump says that Saudi Arabia is valued as a historic customer for the U.S. weapons industry.

The US president wants King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran in November.

In the column, Khashoggi discussed the results of the 2018 "Freedom in the World" report and said he "came to a grave realization" that Tunisia was the "one country in the Arab world that has been classified as 'free.'" Three other countries were given "partly free" status, while the remaining were labeled as "not free", he said. That could, like Trump's softening comments, seek to give the kingdom a way out of the global firestorm of criticism over Khashoggi's fate.

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