Turkey Claims to Have Audio and Video of Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder

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by Jon Queally, The Anti Media:

(CD) — A day after President Donald Trump “literally put a price tag” on the life of missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by saying halting weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over his alleged murder would be a “tough pill to swallow,” Turkish officials have now told U.S. officials they have video and audio recordings of Khashoggi’s torture and murder inside the Saudi consulate in Instanbul.

As the Washington Post reported early Friday:

The audio recording in particular provides some of the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team is responsible for Khashoggi’s death, the officials said.

“The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,” said one person with knowledge of the recording who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss highly sensitive intelligence.

“You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic,” this person said. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.”

Trump on Thursday said, “We’re looking at it very strongly,” but refused to condemn the Saudis even as the Post reports that “[w]ithin the White House, on Capitol Hill and among U.S. intelligence officials there is a growing belief that Khashoggi is dead and that Saudi Arabia is to blame.”

While the Saudis continue to deny any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance or murder, they have sent a diplomatic team to Istanbul on Friday to meet with Turkey government officials to discuss the matter.

As the Washington Post reported early Friday:

The audio recording in particular provides some of the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team is responsible for Khashoggi’s death, the officials said.

“The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,” said one person with knowledge of the recording who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss highly sensitive intelligence.

“You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic,” this person said. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.”

Trump on Thursday said, “We’re looking at it very strongly,” but refused to condemn the Saudis even as the Post reports that “[w]ithin the White House, on Capitol Hill and among U.S. intelligence officials there is a growing belief that Khashoggi is dead and that Saudi Arabia is to blame.”

While the Saudis continue to deny any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance or murder, they have sent a diplomatic team to Istanbul on Friday to meet with Turkey government officials to discuss the matter.

Meanwhile, as U.S. journalists and media companies withdraw en masse from an upcoming Saudi-sponsored summit in protest of Khashoggi’s presumed murder—a killing widely believed ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sulman (MbS)—critics say the silence and sheepishness of the White House and President Trump continues to deafen.

Criticizing Trump for being the “largely missing voice” on Khashoggi, Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, wrote in a Thursday op-ed that the U.S. president should make “an unequivocal demand that the Saudis come clean about Khashoggi’s disappearance. If anything remotely like what is alleged actually happened to Khashoggi, the president should ensure that it has profound and lasting consequences for the U.S.-Saudi relationship.”

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