Died in a fight?
I thought this was a Saudi consulate not a biker bar in Texas.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, Saudi Arabia’s general prosecutor said early Saturday morning local time.
The government said that Khashoggi got into a fight with the people he met at the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2. The kingdom alleged that Khashoggi died in that clash.
That explanation counters multiple reports of how Khashoggi died. Turkish officials told The New York Times that it has audio evidence which proves Khashoggi was tortured, killed and subsequently dismembered by a hit team of Saudi agents.
It also contradicts the Saudi government’s earlier account of events. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman previously told Bloomberg that the dissident journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived.
“My understanding is he entered and he got out after a few minutes or one hour. I’m not sure. We are investigating this through the foreign ministry to see exactly what happened at that time,” he told Bloomberg at the time.
When asked to confirm that Khashoggi is not inside the consulate, the crown prince told Bloomberg, “Yes, he’s not inside.”
Now remember Khashoggi’s fiancee was waiting outside, and he went into the consulate to get papers so that they could get married, what part of that sounds like he was ready to rumble with anybody inside?
I think “got into a fight” is some kind of bullshit Arabic code for the dude got attacked and murdered.
Keep in mind that the only reason that the Saudis even bothered to admit that hey died is that the Turkish officials started reporting that he was dead from the get-go, and have slowly forced the Saudis to admit some culpability.
For those who may have forgotten how this slow reveal has played out this might jog your memory.
He’s not dead, he left the consulate we have evidence
OK, he has disappeared
OK, he may be dead
OK, he’s dead but we didn’t do it
OK, he’s dead, but it was a rogue group who worked for us
OK he’s dead and we did it, but it was only because a 1 vs. 15 fight broke out
— Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) October 20, 2018
And we still have not heard any excuse for the bone saw.
In response to this new report, the Saudis are just firing people in order to sweep the whole thing under the rug.
Courtesy of Wapo:
The Saudi government said it fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudis as a result of the initial investigation. Those fired included Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri.
The announcement marks the first time that Saudi officials have acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. Ever since he disappeared on Oct. 2 while visiting the mission, Saudi officials have repeatedly said that he left the consulate alive and that they had no information on his whereabouts or fate. He had gone to the consulate to obtain a document he needed for his upcoming marriage.
The Saudi statement comes as the kingdom is facing unprecedented political and economic pressure to disclose what happened to Khashoggi, a critic of the government and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. But it is unclear whether the Saudi explanation — which clashes with details provided by Turkish investigators and makes no mention of the crown prince — will be enough to satisfy foreign leaders, global business executives and U.S. lawmakers pressing for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
Now on the face of it, this seems like a pathetic attempt at a cover-up and we could likely expect that they would not get away with it, but don’t forget that they have a co-conspirator.
And that co-conspirator happens to live in the White House.