Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Call after Khashoggi’s killing: ‘Tell your boss mission is accomplished’

Call after Khashoggi’s killing: ‘Tell your boss mission is accomplished’

Turkey is waiting for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to shed light on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month, the country's president was quoted as saying Tuesday.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to "The Washington Post", who vanished on 2 October 2018 during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

CSIS director David Vigneault recently travelled to Turkey to listen to the recording Turkish authorities have of Khashoggi's killing and briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as other top officials upon his return.

The newspaper also alleged that the person who made the phone call was the crown prince's former bodyguard Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the killing was ordered at the "highest levels" of the Saudi government.

CNN has not heard the recording and is unable to verify the voices on the tape or what they're purported to say. Our intelligence organisation did not hide anything.

'The recordings are really appalling. In fact, when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recording he was so shocked that he said 'this one probably took heroin. Citing three unnamed people familiar with the recording, the New York Times claimed that United States intelligence officials believe the "boss" was the Saudi crown prince.

Trump now says Saudi Arabia misused USA -supplied weapons in the Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen, which has helped trigger the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Turkish and US officials, including US National Security Adviser John Bolton, have said that the audio does not conclusively link the killing to Prince Mohammed.

"No Saudi prince has ever done this ever in its history", Baer said.

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Trudeau said that he had not heard the audio and he wouldn't give any details on the contents of the tapes.

"We are reviewing our arms sales to Saudi Arabia in view of this killing and, obviously, during this period of review no new arms export permits will be signed", Freeland said in Windsor, Ont.

"That's not the conclusion that I think the people who heard it have come to", Bolton reportedly said during a Singapore news conference.

"The crown prince says "I will clarify the matter, I will do what is necessary".

"The killing of Jamal Khashoggi is a truly horrific crime". Turkish officials have said little about what they might contain. But four sources based in the Gulf told Reuters this week that he was still at liberty and continued to operate discreetly. Qahtani has wielded that influence over the last three years, with his authority growing alongside that of the young prince.

Saudi Arabia has not been entirely forthcoming with information about the role of its citizens in the killing, according to a Turkish official.

He also supervised the brief detention, humiliation and beating of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri previous year.

The Wall Street Journal reported Bolton told reporters Tuesday he had not heard the recording from Turkey but US officials have drawn no conclusions on it connecting Saudi Arabia's defacto day-to-day leader to the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, who was a contributor to The Washington Post.

Officials in multiple countries have said they don't think the journalist could have been killed without the knowledge of the prince, the Trump Administration's key ally in the Arab world.

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