Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Killing Of Saudi Journalist Was 'One Of The Worst Cover-Ups' In History

Killing Of Saudi Journalist Was 'One Of The Worst Cover-Ups' In History

Timeline on Saudi statements relating to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Haspel, who departed for a secret trip to Turkey on Monday, heard the audio during her visit, according to people familiar with her meetings", said the US daily.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the burning question has been whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability in the killing, a possibility raised by several United States lawmakers.

Representatives of the CIA and Turkish intelligence have declined to comment on Haspel's review of the recording.

Saudi Arabia initially claimed Mr Khashoggi left freely after visiting the consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to complete paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

The kingdom first denied any involvement in the disappearance, but amid mounting global pressure acknowledged that he had been killed at the consulate in a rogue operation.

The whereabouts of Khashoggi's corpse still remain unknown.

Vice President Mike Pence, in an appearance at The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a contributing opinion writer, denounced the "brutal murder" and said: "The world is watching".

"It is not over yet", he said.

What U.S. President Donald Trump called "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups" was revealed to the world by Turkish leaks of information, including references to purported audio recordings of the killing, and security camera footage of the Saudi officials who were involved as they moved around Istanbul.

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Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of an investigation into Khashoggi's death.

Erdogan on Tuesday delivered a sharp rebuttal of Saudi Arabia's widely criticized account that the dissident writer died accidentally in a brawl, saying Saudi officials had planned the killing for days.

The Axios poll released early Wednesday found that 56 percent of respondents said Trump's response to Saudi Arabia has been "not tough enough", while 32 percent said his response has been "about right".

The US is working with both Turkish and Saudi intelligence to gather facts about what happened to Khashoggi, Pompeo said.

"There are now those who are trying to take advantage of the painful situation to create a rift between the kingdom and Turkey", he said.

Turkey has dismissed Saudi efforts to blame rogue operatives and urged the kingdom to search "top to bottom" for those responsible for the killing, which has stirred worldwide outrage and condemnation.

The Saudis have has denied murdering the reporter after he disappeared after entering a Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Erdogan's address coincided with the start of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia that was briefly attended by the Saudi crown prince. President Trump said he would "leave it up to Congress" to determine further steps against the kingdom, which is a key US ally in the Middle East and a vast market for USA arms manufacturers.

The king assured Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Thursday that the Saudi government was determined to hold the guilty parties accountable and make sure "they receive their punishment", according to the official Saudi press agency.

In his comments to the Wall Street Journal, Trump said he wanted to believe Prince Mohammed when he said lower level officials were to blame for Khashoggi's death.

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