By Christopher R Rice, TheUnderground
When caught politicians avoid discussing issues by describing all charges, regardless of venue or evidence, as mere rumors and wild accusations or as “fake news” or “conspiracies” or as the work of a “few bad apples.” (Think Lynndie England and Abu Ghraib)
Jamal Khashoggi’s death has captured the world’s attention.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in early October.
The 59-year-old journalist entered the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents necessary to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.
Cengiz said she waited for Khashoggi outside the consulate for over 11 hours but he never came out.
Khashoggi, a prominent journalist who was often critical of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wrote for The Washington Post’s global opinion section.
Khashoggi was at one point an adviser to senior officials in the Saudi government and worked for top news outlets in the country. He was long seen as close to the ruling elite there.
But last year, Khashoggi had a falling out with the government over Prince Mohammed’s controversial tactics as he has worked to consolidate his power, including arresting powerful business executives and members of the royal family.
The Saudi royal family also barred Khashoggi from writing after he was critical of US President Donald Trump, and it drove Khashoggi to leave Saudi Arabia for the US in the summer of 2017.
After leaving Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi divided his time between London, Istanbul, and Virginia. He was a US resident with a green card, but not a citizen.
Two private Gulfstream IV planes belonging to a charter service that has often worked with the Saudi government, Sky Prime Aviation, took off from Riyadh on the morning of October 2nd carrying 15 passengers – all intelligence agents or government officials.
One plane landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at 3.13am that day with nine passengers on board. They checked into two hotels near the consulate and booked rooms for three nights. But they collected their belongings later that day and took off in the same jet at 10.46pm, stopping in Dubai on the way back to Riyadh.
A second plane landed in Istanbul at 5.15pm that day with six passengers. All went directly to the consulate and quickly returned to the airport; their plane took off barely an hour after it had arrived, at 6.20pm, the newspaper reported, stopping in Cairo as it returned to Riyadh.
Security camera footage showed Khashoggi entering the consulate shortly after 1pm that day. Cengiz, his fiancee, waited outside, and she has said he never emerged. Two and a half hours after he entered the facility, six vehicles with diplomatic license plates pulled out, carrying 15 Saudi officials and intelligence officers, Sabah reported.
Two other vehicles, including a black Mercedes Vito van with darkened windows, went from the consulate to the consul’s residence nearly 200m away. Turkish employees of the residence had unexpectedly been told not to report for work that day, the newspaper said.
A team of Saudi agents, dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose. “It is like ‘Pulp Fiction,’” the official said. Source: ‘Like Pulp Fiction.’ Officials say Saudi journalist was killed and dismembered
- 03:28: A private jet carrying suspected Saudi agents arrives at Istanbul airport. A second joins it late afternoon
- 12:13: Several diplomatic vehicles are filmed arriving at the consulate, allegedly carrying some of the Saudi agents
- 13:14: Mr Khashoggi enters the building, where he is due to pick up paperwork ahead of his marriage
- 15:08: Vehicles leave the consulate and are filmed arriving at the nearby Saudi consul’s residence
- 21:00: Both jets leave Turkey by 21:00
- Turkish government announces Mr Khashoggi is missing, thought to be in the consulate
- Saudi Arabia says he left the embassy
- Turkish officials tell the BBC they believed Mr Khashoggi was killed at the consulate. This is later strongly denied by Saudi Arabia
- Turkish officials tell BBC Arabic they have audio and video evidence of the killing . The existence of such tapes had previously been reported by local media
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- Forensic teams carry out searches of consulate
Saudi officials initially claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate, and they maintained that story for roughly 17 days.
“Mr. Khashoggi visited the consulate to request paperwork related to his marital status and exited shortly thereafter,” an unnamed Saudi official told The New York Times earlier this month.
The Saudi government previously denied allegations that Khashoggi was killed, describing them as “baseless.”
The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV network on October 11 aired a report claiming that 15 men said to be involved in Khashoggi’s disappearance weren’t sent to Istanbul for the purpose of capturing or killing him but were just tourists.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday told Fox News that Khashoggi was killed as a result of a “rogue operation,” claiming that Prince Mohammed had no prior knowledge of the incident. He described Khashoggi’s death as a “murder.”
But a Reuters report on Monday suggested the operation was run via Skype by a top aide to the crown prince.
A high-level Turkish official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that police who entered the consulate found “certain evidence” that Khashoggi was killed there.
Turkish officials allege that the Saudi government sent a 15-man team to Istanbul via private jets to kill Khashoggi at the consulate. The AP described Turkish media as saying the team included “Saudi royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers, and an autopsy expert.”
The senior official who spoke to The Times said Turkish officials believed the team used a bone saw to dismember his body.
The Wall Street Journal reported last Tuesday that Turkish officials shared with the US and Saudi Arabia details of an audio recording said to illustrate how Khashoggi was beaten, drugged, and ultimately killed in the Saudi consul general’s office minutes after entering the consulate.
The Journal described people familiar with the matter as saying the recording included a voice that could be heard urging the consul to leave the room, as well as a voice of a person Turkish officials identified as a forensic specialist urging people nearby to listen to music as he dismembered the body.
In a Times report last Wednesday, a senior Turkish official described audio recordings suggesting that Khashoggi’s fingers were cut off shortly after he arrived at the consul and that he was eventually beheaded.
A Turkish official on Friday said investigators were looking into the possibility that Khashoggi’s remains were taken to a nearby forest or to another city in the country.
Multiple news outlets have reported, citing Turkish investigators or officials, that Khashoggi was dismembered and that his remains were transported to the official residence of Saudi Arabia’s consul in Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi.
Khashoggi’s killing was directed from the top because only the most senior Saudi leaders could order an operation of such scale and complexity. Source: Here’s everything we know about the troubling disappearance and death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Turkish intelligence has obtained a video of the killing, made by the Saudis to prove that it had occurred.
A commentator close to Erdogan’s government said so publicly Tuesday. “There is a video of the moment of him being killed,” Kemal Ozturk, a columnist in a pro-government newspaper and the former head of a semi official news agency, said in an interview on a pro-government television network, citing unnamed security officials.
Unnamed Turkish officials say his body may have been disposed of in the nearby Belgrad forest or on farmland.
Several vehicles with Saudi diplomatic number plates were filmed by CCTV cameras moving from the consulate to the residence just under two hours after Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate.
In several instances, Khashoggi is seen strapped to a table and blindfolded. In other photographs, his mouth looks bloody and bruised, his teeth missing, his hands swollen from being restrained. His body was fed to pigs.
Turkish officials, have said an “assassination squad” from the kingdom including an official from Prince Mohammed’s entourage and an “autopsy expert” flew in ahead of time and laid in wait for Khashoggi at the consulate.
Earlier this week, the Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak, citing what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi’s slaying, said a Saudi assassination squad seized the journalist after he entered the consulate, cutting off his fingers and later decapitating him. On Thursday, a leaked surveillance photo put Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage on trips to the U.S., France and Spain this year, at the consulate just ahead of Khashoggi’s arrival.
On Monday, CNN reported that surveillance footage suggested the Saudis involved in the operation had a man wear Khashoggi’s clothing, a fake beard, and glasses around Istanbul in an attempt to act as a body double.
After two weeks denying involvement in his disappearance, Saudi Arabia said early on Saturday that Khashoggi, a critic of the country’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had died in a fight inside the building.
Within hours a senior Saudi official told Reuters that a team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.
Then on Sunday Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that while he did not know exactly how Khashoggi had died, his killing was a “rogue operation” in which Saudi individuals had exceeded their authority.
That Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight in the kingdom’s Istanbul’s consulate, is just one of several accounts of the journalist’s disappearance to have emerged from Riyadh.
“One cannot help but wonder how there could have been a ‘fistfight’ between 15 young expert fighters … and a 60-year-old Khashoggi, alone and defenseless,” said Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan in his AK Party.
Since the Saudis acknowledged Khashoggi’s death, Trump has largely continued to stand by them. The president said he found their explanation about how he died credible and offered his support to the crown prince.
Saudi Arabia offered no evidence to support its claims.
The president has made close ties to the kingdom a priority since taking office. Trump made his first overseas trip as president to Saudi Arabia and has touted his arms sales to the kingdom.
It wasn’t just Trump who was taken by Saudi prince, bin Salman. Kushner also felt he had found someone who would help him with his problems. He not only stayed with the prince on Trump’s official visit, he’s been back. And if Donald Trump had come bearing gifts in the form of arms, Jared Kushner had something else.
Months before he was stripped of his security clearance, Kushner did what Trump did not: he read the daily briefs. And he used his clearance to collect additional information. And in October 2017, Kushner paid a secret visit to bin Salman to deliver what he had learned: The names of other members of the Saudi royal family who were opposed to bin Salman’s rule. Less than two weeks after Kushner’s visit, Riyadh and sites around the kingdom were filled with the sounds of gunfire and wailing sirens as bin Salman carried out an “anti corruption” campaign to clear his opposition. Source: Saudis Said to Use Coercion and Abuse to Seize Billions
Kushner’s list was undoubtedly handy for bin Salman, and less handy for the people on the other end of the purge who were imprisoned, beaten, or tortured to death. Source: Kushner took unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia
A Post report on October 10 said US intelligence intercepts showed that Prince Mohammed sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him there.
The newspaper said the intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan were described by US officials familiar with the intelligence.
Under a directive signed in 2015, the US intelligence community has a “duty to warn” people — including those who are not US citizens — who it believes are at risk of being kidnapped, seriously hurt, or killed.
The United States government in fact knows what happened to the missing man—and seems to have known something about his fate even before his disappearance. As reported by the Washington Post, “US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture” Khashoggi. Source: Saudi Arabia’s Government Purge — And How Washington Corruption Enabled It
The National Security Agency, America’s big ear, intercepted Saudi communications that indicated Riyadh had something unpleasant in store for Khashoggi. Listening in on foreign governments, after all, is NSA’s main job, and that includes frenemies like Saudi Arabia as well as hostile regimes. At least a day before Khashoggi appeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an NSA official told me, the agency had Top Secret information that Riyadh was planning something nefarious—though exactly what was not clear from the intercepts. This was deemed important because Khashoggi is a legal resident of the United States, and is therefore entitled to protection. According to the NSA official, this threat warning was communicated to the White House through official intelligence channels.
Intelligence without action is merely expensive noise.
NSA did its highly classified job and provided the White House with threat information, direct from Saudi sources, which might have saved Jamal Khashoggi from whatever grim fate he met on October 2 at the hands of Saudi officials. The Trump administration failed to take necessary action to protect a journalist and dissident who was resident in our country, the guilt in this case does not lie solely with Riyadh. Source: US intelligence reportedly intercepted Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture a journalist who recently disappeared
Turkish officials told The New York Times that it had audio evidence proving Khashoggi was tortured, killed and later dismembered by a team of Saudi agents who had flown to Istanbul to meet him. Source: Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi crown prince bragged that Jared Kushner gave him CIA intelligence about other Saudis saying ‘here are your enemies’
Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating a Lebanese-American businessman on whether the United Arab Emirates sought to buy political influence in Washington by directing money toward Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The New York Times reported Saturday.
Ignoring evil in the name of national interests has never worked out well. Saddam Hussein was a monster we cultivated “to contain Iranian expansion.” We gave him the chemical weapons he used on Iranian forces, and later on the Kurds. We created the situation in Iran by deposing a democratically elected president to restore oil company control of Iranian oil. We installed the Shah, a brutal dictator who kidnapped, tortured and murdered his critics.
Trump is protecting these criminals…and we all know it. Source: Saudi Arabia vows to retaliate if Trump follows through on ‘severe punishment’ threat over Khashoggi
The US received a payment of $100 million from Saudi Arabia on the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh to meet with Saudi leaders to discuss the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance.
“The timing of this is no coincidence,” an American official involved in Syria policy told The New York Times. He confirmed the money arrived on Tuesday. Source: Saudi Arabia paid the US $100 million on the same day Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh to discuss Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance
Corruption at the highest levels: President Trump’s hotel received $270,000 from Saudi Arabia
Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers on 9/11 were Saudi nationals. Not one terrorist on 9/11 was of Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, or Syrian origin yet we have attacked and destroyed those nations. Saudi Arabia spends billions of dollars spreading their Wahhabi ideology across the globe that has inspired groups like Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Jabhat Al Nusra, ISIS, Taliban, etc. Americans are complicit in the genocide happening in Yemen because the US is providing the Saudi’s with weapons as well as monetary and tactical assistance to conduct their war crimes.
As long as the money keeps flowing from Saudi Arabia, the Trump organized crime family will keep deflecting Saudi problems.
In recent days, a cadre of conservative House Republicans allied with Trump has been privately exchanging articles from right-wing outlets that fuel suspicion of Khashoggi, highlighting his association with the Muslim Brotherhood in his youth and raising conspiratorial questions about his work decades ago as an embedded reporter covering Osama bin Laden, according to four GOP officials involved in the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly.
“Khashoggi was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood,” Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner asserted on Thursday’s highly rated “Outnumbered” show. “I just put it out there because it is in the constellation of things that are being talked about.” Faulkner then dismissed another guest who called her claim “iffy.”
The message was echoed on the campaign trail. Virginia Republican Corey Stewart, who is challenging Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., told a local radio program Thursday that “Khashoggi was not a good guy himself.”
A Tuesday broadcast of CR-TV, a conservative online outlet founded by popular talk-radio host Mark Levin, labeled Khashoggi a “longtime friend” of terrorists and claimed without evidence that Trump was the victim of an “insane” media conspiracy to tarnish him. The broadcast has been viewed more than 12,000 times.
“Donald Trump is keeping his eye on the ball, keeping his eye on the geopolitical ball, the national security ball. He’s not going to get sidetracked by what happened to a journalist, maybe, in the consulate there. He’s not giving cover to anybody,” syndicated talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday.”
For those who are screaming blood for the Saudis – look, these people are key allies,” evangelical leader Pat Robertson said this week. “We’ve got an arms deal that everybody wanted a piece of. . . . It’ll be a lot of jobs, a lot of money come to our coffers. It’s not something you want to blow up willy-nilly.”
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Meanwhile, the high-powered firm of Squire Patton Boggs, which lists notable Republican leadership alumni like John Boehner and Trent Lott among their top lobbyists, signed a $100,000-a-month contract to advocate for the Saudi government on Capitol Hill, totaling $1.2 million. DLA Piper, which also boasts former GOP l heavyweights like former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and former Sen. Saxby Chambliss, and former Democratic Sen. George J. Mitchell, signed an additional $85,000-a-month contract “to assist the (Saudi) Ministry (of Foreign Affairs) in strengthening the ability of the United States and Saudi Arabia to advance mutual national security interests.”
Glover Park Group, founded by President Clinton’s press secretary Joe Lockhart (Democratic alumni include Dee Dee Myers and Harold Wolfson), signed their own $100,000-a-month contract in 2016 to provide legislative, policy, and media relations counsel to the Saudi government.
The Podesta Group, formerly run by Clinton supporter and Democrat Tony Podesta signed contracts with an annual worth of $2.2 million for public relations and Capitol Hill lobbying services for the Kingdom.
Saudi Aramco, the state oil company of OPEC’s most powerful player, recently announced plans to take full control of the sprawling Port Arthur, Texas refinery. The Gulf Coast facility is the largest refinery in the U.S. and can process 600,000 barrels of oil a day. Follow the money: Saudis to take control of largest U.S. refinery
Meanwhile, MBS is attempting to “bomb and starve Yemen into submission” with a massive air campaign and blockade that’s created a catastrophic humanitarian situation there.
An estimated 10,000 civilians have been killed in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, according to the United Nations, stirring increasing opposition in the United States.
The U.S. has watched warily as Russia-Saudi relations have appeared to warm in recent months, despite the fact that at least officially they remain on opposite sides of the conflict in Syria.
Russian president produced a deal for Saudi Arabia to purchase an advanced anti-aircraft system from Russia. Source: Trump to raise ‘how to make Russia pay’ in Saudi meeting: official
The Trump administration is in talks with Saudi Arabia over a deal that would allow Riyadh to enrich and reprocess uranium domestically in exchange for the US building nuclear reactors there.
The negotiations appear pressing, as the White House directed US Energy Secretary Rick Perry to cancel planned travel to India for talks in London with his Saudi counterpart.
American companies, including Westinghouse Electric Corporation, are interested in building reactors in the Saudi kingdom, US media reported this week. In light of the Iran deal, Riyadh has repeatedly previewed its interest in matching Tehran’s nuclear capacity and has announced plans to build up to 16 nuclear power plants over the next 20 years. Source: United States may help expand Saudi nuclear capability
Friends of Khashoggi plan to hold a funeral prayer for him, which is expected to turn into a demonstration against Saudi Arabia.
The summit, dubbed “Davos in the Desert”, is being hosted by the Saudi Crown Prince to promote his reform agenda.
The second annual Future Investment Initiative conference has billed itself as “a blueprint for the 22nd century” that is bringing together “the world’s most visionary and influential leaders in business, government and civil society”.
However, the site was taken over by hackers on Monday to show an image depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman beheading Khashoggi.
Figures at the bottom of the hacked page claim that Saudi Arabia’s support of “17+” terrorist groups has led to the deaths of more than 42,000 people in Yemen and 89,000 civilians in Syria.
“The regime, aligned with the United States, must be kept responsible for its barbaric and inhuman action, such as killing its own citizen Jamal Khashoggi and thousands of innocent people in Yemen. The medieval Saudi regime is one of the sources of #Terrorism_Financing in the world.”
However, a number of major businesses – including Pepsi and EDF – are still intending to go despite growing pressure for a boycott.
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Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has increased its stake in Twitter over the last six weeks to 5.17%, making him the second biggest shareholder after former CEO and co-founder Evan Williams.
Alwaleed, one of the richest men in Saudi Arabia, bought a 3% stake in the company in 2011 before it went public in 2013. The current stake of 35 million shares is worth $1 billion, and includes 30 million shares owned directly by the prince and five million by his Kingdom Holding Company.
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How ironic is it that the FOX News where Sean Hannity has been howling about Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf wanting “Sharia law” to replace our existing laws is the very same FOX News whose parent company, the Rupert Murdoch controlled News Corporation, has as its second largest shareholder Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal
Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch has partnered with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to launch a new 24-hour news network for the Arab world, a move that has drawn mockery from Murdoch’s critics and questions from media experts.
The new channel, based in Saudi Arabia, “will focus on development in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world on the political, economic and social fronts,” Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world’s 19th-wealthiest person according to Forbes, said in a statement.
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The American executives will want deals. Some, like Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Morgan Stanley boss James Gorman, already have agreements to advise oil giant Saudi Aramco on its initial public offering, which may be the largest ever. JPMorgan and Citigroup Inc. helped arrange a $17.5 billion Saudi bond sale last year and a $9 billion Islamic bond issue in April. This weekend the banks will aim for more contracts as the Saudis prepare to sell other state assets.
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Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Lockheed Martin Corp. head Marillyn Hewson will be looking to cement defense sales. Aramco could sign at least 10 deals with companies including General Electric Co. and oil field-service businesses Schlumberger Ltd. and Halliburton Co. to open manufacturing plants in the kingdom, people familiar with the plans say.
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