Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman know more than they are letting on about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says James Oberwetter, former United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey should "reveal everything" they know about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, a top United Nations human rights official has said while demanding a "thorough and impartial" probe into the whereabouts of the dissident Saudi journalist.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish newspaper reported Wednesday, saying it had heard audio recordings of the brutal slaying.
Turkish media on Wednesday expected Pompeo to bring answers with him from Riyadh, his previous stop, where he met with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir.
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Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents, but Riyadh insists that he left the consulate unharmed. The Saudi government, it said, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation.
While the meetings were going on, Trump, in Washington, said on Twitter, "For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russian Federation, for that matter)".
That could, like Trump's softening comments, seek to give the kingdom a way out of the global firestorm of criticism over Khashoggi's fate.
On Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed the good news that the Saudis are open to cooperation. Turkish officials said Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents.
That leaves Trump, who Monday suggested it might have been "rogue killers" behind Khashoggi's murder, out of step with even close allies in Washington like U.S. Sen.
"We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation, as announced".
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The US State Department said he expressed concern about Khashoggi's disappearance during the meeting and told the Turkish president Washington was willing to help with the investigation. "They have nothing but contempt", he said.
It's not clear whether the public will ever get any evidence of what happened beyond Saudi Arabia's word. "Saudi Arabia, if you're listening, there are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself".
"Enforced disappearance or murder, if that has occurred, extra-judicial killing, either way, those are very serious crimes", he added."We all need to know what it was, how it happened and who was responsible and where the evidence leads". He's going to probably over the next couple of hours - sometime prior to your show, but he will be getting back to me.
Pompeo responded, "Thank you for accepting my visit on behalf of President Donald Trump".
"These shocking and gruesome details would explain why USA intelligence sources told CNN and other American media outlets that they were "utterly shocked" at what the content of the recordings presented to them by the Turkish authorities".
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