Murdered Journalist in Saudi Consulate? - Time to Examine US Relations

Turkish authorities believe Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Two senior administration officials said the administration has no verifiable information to confirm the Turkish government claims that Khashoggi was killed but that the USA is seeking answers about his whereabouts - and talking to senior levels of Saudi government.

"God willing we will not be faced with the situation we do not desire", he added.

The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called of an independent inquiry into the suspected "enforced disappearance" on October 2 of a Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudi press seems to be advancing a narrative in which Hatice (Khadija) Cengiz, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancée, is potentially suspicious, with Jamal's son Saleh - who has been banned from travelling for more than a year - stating that he has never met Cengiz. Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi is still inside the building, which they can not search without an invitation.

In his first comments on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Donald Trump said on Monday that while he is "concerned", no one knows anything about it.

But analysts said Khashoggi might have been considered especially unsafe by the Saudi leadership because he was not a longtime dissident, but rather a pillar of the Saudi establishment who was close to its ruling circles for decades, had worked as an editor at Saudi news outlets and had been an adviser to a former Saudi intelligence chief.

The Washington Post said it has repeatedly asked the Saudi and Turkish governments for information about Khashoggi's whereabouts and has not received any satisfactory answers.

During the meeting, Ryan expressed The Post's "grave concern" about Khashoggi's disappearance. The Post said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them, without elaborating.

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A top Senate ally of Trump warned of a "devastating" impact on the United States alliance with Saudi Arabia if allegations are confirmed.

Later on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that USA intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Media reports on Monday also said that Ankara sought permission from Riyadh to search Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

When Khashoggi failed to return, she posted a tweet indicating that she did not believe he was killed, but that she was waiting for official confirmation. Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other USA diplomats have been engaged on the issue and that Trump himself - he said Tuesday he "knows nothing" about what happened to Khashoggi - intends to speak to the Saudis.

One Turkish official said authorities believe Mr Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate, while another said it was a "high possibility".

Officials believe that a team of 15 Saudis arrived on Tuesday to conduct the killing, then left the country soon afterwards. "The Saudi officials flew into Istanbul on two different flights on Tuesday", Elshayyal quoted his sources as saying, adding that it was not clear if the Saudi delegation consisted of security or diplomatic officials. Riyadh vehemently denied the claim and said Khashoggi had left the consulate.

Last year, Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia in fear of retribution, and he's been living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. He was also a vocal critic of the Saudi Arabian government and fact that Riyadh has taken a harsh approach to members of the press who criticize the country's leadership lends some credence to the allegations of murder or imprisonment. Erdogan also said police officers were examining CCTV footage of entrances and exits at the consulate and Istanbul airport.

Later that day, the Saudi regime Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said Saudi authorities would allow Turkey to search its consulate.

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