$100M From Saudis Hits US Bank Accounts As Pompeo Lands For Meeting

Marcus Newton
October 19, 2018

Turkish Police say he was murdered inside the consulate by a 15-member Saudi team that flew into the country just ahead of Khashoggi's scheduled appointment, and left the same day, according to Turkish government sources.

In the introduction to Khashoggi's column - which was accompanied by a photo of the smiling writer - the Post's Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said the newspaper held off on publishing it in the hopes that he would return.

"I do think it's important that everyone. keep in their mind that we have lots of important relationships - financial relationships between USA and Saudi companies, governmental relationship, things we work on together all across the world", Pompeo said.

Al-Otaibi was caught on audio tape during Khashoggi's interrogations - during which the journalist's fingers were cut off and he was beheaded - telling them to "do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble". "I will be forever grateful he chose The Post as his final journalistic home one year ago and gave us the chance to work together".

Turkish forensic police officers arrive at the Saudi consulate for a second investigation in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 17, 2018.

Turkish officials have said Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, while Saudi officials say he walked out of the consulate on his own.

Forensic teams had already visited the consulate once this week, going there Monday to search for clues to what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the diplomatic outpost on October 2. "More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices", Khashoggi writes.

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"[But] Even in Tunisia and Kuwait, where the press is considered at least 'partly free, ' the media focuses on domestic issues but not issues faced by the greater Arab world", he added.

But Trump has downplayed the possibility of action against Saudi Arabia, which he has repeatedly praised as a major customer for the U.S. weapons industry. "But as to whether or not we should stop $110 billion from being spent in this country, knowing they have four or five alternatives, two very good alternatives, that would not be acceptable to me", the president said, referring to an arms deal that experts have called hugely exaggerated.

The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warned governments in the Middle East "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate".

After Khashoggi was critical of President Donald Trump and the Saudi government's apparent trust in the United States leader, the royal family barred Khashoggi from writing.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that a suspect identified by Turkey was a frequent companion of the prince's.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he will decide on Thursday whether to attend.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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