the mysterious disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi [Updated]
Updates are at the bottom.
Aside from Tweeting about #QuestOfRandomClues (beats me), WikiLeaks is most sincerely involved in the probably-not-so-mysterious ‘disappearance’ of the Saudi national WaPo journalist; his oeuvre is here; dunno if right clicking and choosing Open In Private Window will get you past their paywall or not.
News is all over the map on everything past the basics, which have been reported as these by the Wapo:
Given that Khashoggi is a Saudi national, before he could marry his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, he’d have to appear at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to show them his divorce papers from an earlier marriage. She was the last known witness to his disappearance on Oct. 2 at about 1:30, although someone shared a CCTV image of him walking in that’s featured in this report.
“She had said she’d wait for him near the front entrance. “Fine, my darling,” he said, before turning and heading into the squat yellow structure, which lacks the grandeur of many of the kingdom’s diplomatic buildings.
Khashoggi, 59, has not been heard from since. Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed inside in a planned murder. A team of 15 Saudis arrived on two planes to carry out the killing, officials have said.
Cengiz has not been told whether Khashoggi is alive or dead. On Monday, she was interviewed for the second time by police. They took some of his clothes and other personal items for DNA samples, she said.
Saudi officials insist that Khashoggi left the consulate alive, through a back entrance. Officials at the consulate declined interview requests.
Once close to the Saudi establishment, Khashoggi had in the past year become one of its most high-profile critics, living in Virginia in self-imposed exile and contributing to The Washington Post’s Global Opinions section.”
The Consulate has six CC cameras at the front, and seven at the rear; the Turkish intelligence has taken all the footage to examine. Cengiz waited…and waited for him to come back out the front door, and at 4:00 checked online and found that the Consulate closes at…3:30. She called the Consulate asking where Jamal was; a man came t the door and told her that no one was inside. Given that Jamal was understandably nervous about his mission to the Consulate:
“Khashoggi had previously told her to call an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if anything happened to him. She did. And she reported the disappearance to police.
Ultimately though, she said, it is up to the Saudis to back up their story.
“It is the responsibility of Saudi Arabia to explain and prove how Jamal exited and from where and when,” she said.”
You won’t be a bit surprised to hear that Secretary of State Pompeo believes so, as well. The WikiTweet. Ain’t he an adorable schmuck?
‘Six vehicles left two hours after #JamalKhashoggi went inside the Consulate. Each group of 3 went to 2 different directions. 2 of the vans had Saudi number plates (diplomatic immunity) & black covers on the windows. Police think Jamal’s body might be carried out in one of these.’ (image here)
‘Confirmed: Two of the cars with #Saudi diplomatic licence plates went from the Consulate to the residence of Ambassador Muhammed Al Otaibi (200 mt) some time after #JamalKhashoggi went in. Turkish personnel at the residence were given the day off on October 2nd.’ (Source: @Sabah)
‘Trump on Jamal:I‘m concerned about it.I don’t like hearing about it.Hopefully it will sort itself out.Right now nobody knows anything about it but there’s some pretty bad stories going around. The fact that he won the elections despite his language skills continues to amaze me.’
‘It’s confirmed that #Saudi registered HZ-SK1 and HZ-SK2 planes landed at #Istanbul Ataturk Airport on October 2nd. HZ-SK1 route: Riyadh-Istanbul-Cairo-Riyadh HZ-SK2 route: Sharm El Sheikh-Cairo-Istanbul-Dubai-Riyadh’
From middleeeasteye.net, Oct. 8 ‘Turkish police suspect Saudi journalist was killed at consulate, Senior police source tells MEE that police believe Khashoggi’s suspected killing was videotaped ‘to prove the mission had been accomplished’
“A senior Turkish police source told MEE that police believed that Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was “brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces” inside the consulate after visiting the building on 2 October.
“Everything was videotaped to prove the mission had been accomplished and the tape was taken out of the country,” the source said.
An unnamed Turkish official told the Reuters news agency that Turkish police believed Khashoggi had been killed and his body then removed from the building.
Speaking to CNN Turk on Sunday, Aktay, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said: “Khashoggi discussed to go there or not with his fiancee beforehand.
“Our security officials are investigating the issue in every detail. We have some concrete information, it won’t be an unresolved crime.
“We could determine his entrance but not any exit. That’s confirmed. We asked them [the Saudis], they say ‘he left,’ but there is no such thing on the camera footage.
“That’s underestimating Turkey. They are wrong if they think Turkey is as it was in the 90s. The consulate should make a clear statement.”
Aktay said he believed Khashoggi had been killed in the consulate and that Turkish authorities believed a group of 15 Saudi nationals were “most certainly involved” in the matter.
Police said about 15 Saudis, including officials, came to Istanbul on two private flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as the journalist. They left again the same day, according to MEE’s sources.
Their diplomatic bags could not be opened, a security source told MEE, but Turkish intelligence was sure that Khashoggi’s remains were not in them.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg in an interview on Friday that Turkish authorities could search their consulate, as they had “nothing to hide”. He added that Khashoggi had left the building not long after he entered.
Some Reuters journalists toured the facility on Saturday, but Turkish authorities had not entered it.
“Khashoggi is considered a Saudi nationalist, and before leaving Saudi Arabia in September 2017 he was seen as close to the royal court.
Friction between him and the kingdom’s rulers began to emerge after comments at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy, warning that Saudi Arabia should be “rightfully nervous about a Trump presidency“.
That last make absolutely no sense at all, imo. Please remember, don’t ever forget: the Sauds have long been ‘our partners in peace’, and Trump loves hovering around bin Salmman’s glowing orb. Okay, this one’s a bit of a spoof…
But news is breaking fast now, and Bingling kicks up: Turkey will search the consulate for JK, Turkey hunts for black van it believes carried the body, and so on.
Other WikiTweets concern issues such as: who the hell got Saudi Arabia put on the UN Human Rights Council, demonstrations of how KSA buys influence on major media and that the Kingdom invested wisely examples, a 2015 German spy BND report on the Clown Prince, June 2015 ‘Saudi issues a second threat against WikiLeaks and everyone else over #SaudiCables, ‘Saudi government threatens everyone with 20 years in prison for tweeting #SaudiCables, and so on.
Please sleuth as you will and add what’s new.
(cross-posted from Café Babylon)