Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

CIA Chief Reportedly Listens to Tape of Khashoggi’s Death

CIA Chief Reportedly Listens to Tape of Khashoggi’s Death

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that there will be measures taken against the Saudis that are accused for the murder of Khashoggi, including the revocation of travel visas.

Saudi Arabia has said that the Crown Prince was not implicated in the mission against Khashoggi.

While the young crown prince, sometimes known by his initials "MBS", took a somber tone and called Khashoggi's killing "an ugly incident that cannot be justified", many in the US, including top members of Congress, say that the crime could not have been committed without his approval - and may have even been ordered by him.

"Pinning such a case on some security and intelligence members will not satisfy us or the worldwide community".

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman addressed the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi for the first time publicly on Wednesday, more than three weeks after the journalist and royal insider went missing and days after the kingdom admitted culpability for his death.

Trump also called the events after Khashoggi's death one of the "worst cover-ups".

The editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel and newspaper Al Watan had been a critic of the Saudi government, and had previously put himself in self-imposed exile from the country. So far, the Trump administration has resisted calls by many USA politicians to halt weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia says Turkish evidence shows planned killing
He told the Wall Street Journal: "Well, the prince [Mohammed bin Salman] is running things over there more so at this stage". Saudi officials at first said that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate and that they did not know his whereabouts.

The visa curbs came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudis' Istanbul consulate had been meticulously planned, in a speech that overshadowed a long-planned investment forum in Riyadh.

"It is very important for the inquiry to be carried out by an impartial Turkey will pursue this matter to the very end.This incident has occurred in Istanbul, so this team of 18 people should be tried in Istanbul", Erdogan told the Turkish parliament in Ankara on Tuesday.

"The information and evidences uncovered so far show that Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered", Erdogan said. "Covering up such a brutal act would wound the conscience of all mankind".

"We opted not to answer anyone on this particular conference", said SNC-Lavalin spokesman Nicolas Ryan, referring to numerous inquiries from reporters. The Saudi government has claimed he died during a brawl in the consulate, but that explanation has drawn widespread skepticism and it is suspected that Khashoggi was murdered. Mr Khashoggi, a sharp critic of the crown prince, disappeared after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

Over the weekend, a Saudi official told ABC News that Khashoggi died when he was "placed in a chokehold position" to stop him from leaving the consulate and calling for help.

The official said Kushner - like other members of the administration, including Trump - believes Saudi Arabia should suffer some sort of outcome, but said Kushner also believes the U.S. -Saudi relationship "shouldn't be blown up" because of the Khashoggi matter. Saudis have long had in place efforts to negotiate and reconcile with dissidents, the official said.

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