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Saudi Crown Prince Spoke To Khashoggi By Phone Moments Before He Was Killed: Report

Saudi Crown Prince Spoke To Khashoggi By Phone Moments Before He Was Killed: Report

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In the latest bombshell report involving the Khashoggi murder, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly spoke on the phone with journalist Jamal Khashoggi moments before he was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Safak disclosed the new alleged details of the case in a report on Sunday, contradicting claims by Saudi authorities that Prince Mohammed played no part in Khashoggi’s murder.

“Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi team inside the consulate building. Then Prince Mohammed contacted Khashoggi by phone and tried to convince him to return to Riyadh,” the report said.

“Khashoggi refused Prince Mohammed’s offer out of fear he would be arrested and killed if he returned. The assassination team then killed Khashoggi after the conversation ended,” it added.

While the report is so far unconfirmed, the New Arab reports that so far Turkish pro-government media have been receiving a steady stream of leaks many of which turned out to be accurate, including pictures of the hit team as they entered Turkey and reports of audio recordings of the murder said to be in the possession of Turkish authorities.

Meanwhile, the Saudi version of events has been changing significantly over the past two weeks with authorities conceded Saturday that Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist and a Riyadh critic, was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul diplomatic compound following a “brawl”. The admission came after a fortnight of denials with the insistence that the journalist left the consulate alive, starting on October 5, when Crown Prince MBS told Bloomberg that Khashoggi was not inside the consulate and “we are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises”.

On Saturday, the kingdom announced it had fired five top officials and arrested 18 others in an investigation into the killing – a move that has widely been viewed as an attempt to cover up the crown prince’s role in the murder.

The shifting Saudi narrative of the killing has been met with scepticism and condemnation from the international community, and has left the U.S. and other allies struggling for a response on Sunday. As Bloomberg reports, France demanded more information, Germany put arms sales to Riyadh on hold and the Trump administration stressed the vital importance of the kingdom and its economy to the U.S.

In Sunday radio and TV interviews, Dominic Raab, the U.K. politician in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, described the latest Saudi account as not credible; French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called for “the truth’’; and Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his government would approve no arms sales so long as the investigation was ongoing.

Earlier on Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir acknowledged a cover-up attempt. The dramatic reversal, after Saudi officials had previously said the columnist left the building alive, has only complicated the issue for allies.

Saudi Arabia’s al-Jubeir told Fox News on Sunday that the journalist’s death was an “aberration.”

“There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to cover up,” he said, promising that “those responsible will be punished for it.”

More importantly, he said that Prince Mohammed had no knowledge of the events, although if the Turkish report is confirmed, it will be yet another major flaw with the official narrative.

Several senior members of US President Donald Trump’s Republican Party said they believed Prince Mohammed was linked to the killing, and one called for a “collective” Western response if a link is proved. In an interview with The Washington Post, President Trump, too, said the Saudi narrative had been marked by “deception and lies.’’ Yet he also defended Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “strong person,’’ and said there was no proof of his involvement in Khashoggi’s death. Some members of Congress have questioned his willingness to exonerate the prince.

“Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies,” Trump said on the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.

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On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to disclose details about the case at a meeting of his AK Party’s parliamentary faction on Tuesday, Haberturk newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, as Western firms and high-ranked officials scramble to avoid any Saudi involvement, Russia is more than happy to step in and fill the power vacuum void left by the US. As a result, Russian businesses are flocking to attend the investment forum in Saudi Arabia, as Western counterparts pull out.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had considerable success boosting Moscow’s influence in the Middle East at U.S. expense, by standing by regimes that fall afoul of the West, including in Syria and Iran. Last week Putin signed a strategic and partnership agreement with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, backed by $25 billion in loans to build nuclear reactors. Until El-Sisi came to power, Egypt had been closely allied to the U.S.

Meanwhile, all eyes are fixed squarely on the Crown Prince whose position of power is looking increasingly perilous. Congressional leaders on Sunday dismissed the story proffered earlier by the Saudis, with Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee saying they believed the crown prince was likely involved in Khashoggi’s death.

Lawmakers said they believe the U.S. must impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia or take other action if the crown prince is shown to have been involved. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, said the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. should be formally expelled until a third-party investigation is done. He said the U.S. should call on its allies to do the same.

“Unless the Saudi kingdom understands that civilized countries around the world are going to reject this conduct and make sure that they pay a price for it, they’ll continue doing it,”’ Durbin said.

The obvious question is what happens and how the Saudi royal family will respond if it is pushed too far, and whether the worst case scenario, a sharp cut in oil exports, could be on the table if MBS feels like he has little to lose from escalating the situation beyond a point of no return.

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Mr. Durbin, “civilized” countries don’t bomb the shit out of other countries. By comparison, the murder of one journalist pales.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

“Civilized” countries such as the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Croatia, Belgium, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Spain all sell arms worth hundreds of billions of dollars to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is known to be bombing the shit out of Yemen and does not appear to be lying about it, except when they bomb busloads of children and claim it was a mistake. The bombing of Yemen is called a war, and people die in wars. The US killed 1.5 million Iraqis, including half a million children, during its illegal attacks and occupation but that too was called… Read more »

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

Donna,your comment is concise and says what every citizen of voting age in the USA should know. However, it appears that most do nothing. WHY! Is it because they don’t care, or are too busy trying to scrape up a living in the United Imperialist Ununited America. Or are they just too afraid to speak up with the risk of being attacked by one of the 13 Secret Service Agencies? I wonder!

Thank you, Donna, for telling it exactly like it is.

It is I only
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It is I only

A “journalist” ?? That takfiri ISIS/Al Nooserat supporter a “journalist” ??
He got Karma & he did deserved it ? May he rot in hell beyond eternity !

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Maybe Putin can force the taming of the perverted cowardly Saudi beasts instead of encouraging them to be even more disgusting and depraved like the sly dirty ZioYanks wantonly have and sadistically are.

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

I agree with you, but we do not know diddly shit about what actually happened yet. No offence Shaun, but it all seems like a total set up to me at the moment.

craig watson
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Turkey has already provided a lot of indisputable, live evidence that SA murdered him in the embassy.

Flying Gabriel
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Flying Gabriel

SA has a relationship with the DS more through the CofL than DC … but has no such relationship with Trump. If Trump is the DS’s enemy, he’s Riyadh’s enemy too. So I believe you’re right, it’s too open to be just about neutralizing Kashoggi

Floriangeyer
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Floriangeyer

@ You can call me Al.

The trickle of information coming from Turkey is slowly cornering the Saudi Crown Prince.

The latest information that the Crown Prince spoke with Khashoggi on the phone immediately before his death is yet another piece of the bloody jigsaw.

The most satisfying aspect of the whole affair for me is to witness the cannibalistic process of all the US Coalition nations who first sought to ignore the murder and then to bury the murder in a Mueuller style investigation. They are now starting to devour each other for political gain.

Ghifari AL Mukhtar
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Ghifari AL Mukhtar

Why Putin, Saudi isn’t Putin’s monster -Russia doesn’t have any of the kind….thank God She has the Kendal

Killcoffin
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Killcoffin

Hmm – I would treat this with scepticism unless and until evidence is provided. However, it does seem that the Turks are gradually tightening the screw on MBS. We are dealing with rogues falling out among themselves, none of them have any scruples and they are playing for very high stakes. It does seem likely that Erdogan – under immense US pressure himself – is playing this manna from heaven for all it’s worth and steadily upping the stakes. MBS has already amply demonstrated that his judgement is as bad as his morals, and the game may well be up… Read more »

Dave3200
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Dave3200

I wonder why the international community didn’t get all jaundiced and up-in-arms when Clinton aide Seth Rich was assassinated on the street near his home? All we heard was crickets…

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

Well, Hillary Clinton could explain that if she was given a few millions of dollars for her Clinton Foundation, and 100% assurance that she would not be prosecuted for her knowledge and involvement in such things as offing anyone who dares to provide evidence of the Clinton foundation’s bloody history of greed and enrichment at any price.

Meriem Peillet
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Meriem Peillet

Where is the corpse…In which closet is the skeleton?

karataev@mail.com
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Let me explain: When bad things happen to good people… they are not bad things, provided our fine, upstanding allies do them.

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

Ain’t that the truth!

JPH
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JPH

Turkey seems an expert at Chines Torture (drip torture) with at every new instance of Saudi version nearly immediately releasing information showing the latest Saudi version as ‘highly likely” another lie.
Truly expert use of information release step by step to cause the maximum amount of damage and to achieve maximum leverage over the Saudi.

craig watson
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Yep, Erdogan is going to squeeze a lot of good for Turkey out of this assassination. He’s holding ALL the cards and is the expert’s expert in playing them. Thank goodness Turkey has massive surveillance that proves and shows, with sound and video, exactly what happened. He may never show his entire hand, depending on what SA promises Erdogan as pay-off.

Ghifari AL Mukhtar
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Ghifari AL Mukhtar

Oh Yeah! What did the Devils talked about

It is I only
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It is I only

condemnation from the international community.??
Glad that takfiri POS got KARMA & is rotting in hell, with his bum buddies!

Ben
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Ben

So wat?..another jihadist Israel-hating journalist butchered…who cares?..

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

Obviously, ethical people around the world do care.

Ben
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Ben

And butchered by his own….”and i will bless those that bless you n curse those that curseth you”…….haha…wat goes around comes around mr K….

Smokingeagle
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Smokingeagle

Well, let’s hope that the US/UK/Nato/EU/Israhelli butchers will reap a hundredfold what they have sown, but that still might not be reward enough for what they have done to this world.

Ben
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Ben

In the end.?…Saudis will pay billions to Erdogan to zip it…and life will go on….like post 9/11….and all lived happily…thereafter!!!!…way of the world…

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