Saudi government preparing to say Khashoggi was killed during interrogation gone wrong

Posted October 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would admit Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, CNN reported yesterday, citing two unnamed sources.

According to that narrative, the crown prince had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to Saudi Arabia to speak to its king over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed, allegations that Riyadh dismisses as baseless.

Martin Beck, a Professor at the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, told DW that Saudi Arabia could strike back at possible United States sanctions by cutting down on its oil production.

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However, a column published in English a short time later by the general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news network suggested Saudi Arabia could use its oil production as a weapon.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is still missing, almost two weeks after he entered the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul.

A string of high-profile finance executives followed technology and media leaders in pulling out of a Saudi investment conference scheduled for late this month, potentially risking a lucrative role in the kingdom's plans for a historic opening of its economy.

World Wrestling Entertainment's close ties to Saudi Arabia face scrutiny this week after the Middle Eastern nation's rumored involvement in the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The consulate was the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

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But has has also expressed a reluctance to punish the kingdom economically or militarily, especially in terms of reducing the sale of billions of dollars worth of USA arms to the Saudis.

The family of missing activist Jamal Khashoggi said Monday they're following the news of the writer, who disappeared in Saudi Arabia on October 2. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince.

In this December 15, 2014 file photo, Jamal Khashoggi, then general manager of a new Arabic news channel speaks during a press conference, in Manama, Bahrain.

It was unclear if the boycott call was aimed at users of Uber's service or investors in the company, or both, and whether Bahrain is planning other measures against the company.

Last year, MBS told Reuters that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom. Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford won't attend because of a scheduling conflict, a spokeswoman said.

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Mr Khashoggi's fate has troubled Washington and Saudi Arabia's other traditional Western allies. Although few are thus at stake, the military sales relationship does provide the United States with leverage, if it chose to use it, given Saudi Arabia's longstanding use of USA equipment and the difficulties in switching to incompatible ordnance from a different supplier.