Jamal Khashoggi

From Melkulangara Bhadrakumar:

The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in mysterious circumstances while on a visit to his country’s consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday still remains unexplained…

A chorus of condemnation of the Saudi regime is building up to a crescendo in the US, portraying Khashoggi as a human rights activist meeting a tragic end…

Of course, the critical factor will be Khashoggi’s activities while in exile in the US – who his mentors were and, most importantly, whether the US intelligence had got him involved in any project relating to the Saudi domestic politics…

Indeed, all bets are off if the Saudis have estimated that the US intelligence is manipulating disaffected factions within the royal family and Saudi elite to advance a regime change project in Riyadh aimed at influencing the succession to King Salman’s reign (which would put Crown Prince Salman on the throne.)

From Zero Hedge:

US intelligence had clear evidence that the Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist was about to be kidnapped and possibly worse

Turkish newspaper Sabah has released what are purported to be names and photographs of the 15 Saudis who are suspected to be involved in the disappearance of the Saudi journalist

Turkish state media has published video footage and still frames of Saudi planes and agents landing just prior to the alleged crime, with several suspects passing through passport control  now being sought by authorities

Turkish police are reported to be searching for the black van shown in the CCTV camera footage exiting the consulate grounds after Khashoggi disappeared inside…

Sources close to the investigation believe the Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist was “brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces” and his body removed from the consulate…

From the cited WaPo:

According to flight records, two privately owned planes flying from Riyadh arrived in Istanbul on Oct. 2, one before sunrise and the other in the late afternoon. A Turkish official linked the call signals of the two twin-engine Gulfstream IV planes to those that investigators believe carried the 15 Saudis…

The initial plane left Istanbul at 10:45 p.m…

From the cited Times:

The Turkish authorities alerted to the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi rushed to Istanbul airport to search a private jet but were too late to prevent it taking off for Riyadh. It had spent barely an hour on the ground before flying out again.

Another Saudi plane that had landed earlier that day, believed to be carrying members of a hit squad, was still on the tarmac and the authorities were able to board that craft — but found nothing of note, according to Turkish media.

From MoA:

Khashoggi was a rather shady guy. A ‘journalist’ who was also an operator for Saudi and U.S. intelligence services…

Recently Khashoggi started a number of projects that reek of preparations for a CIA controlled color-revolution in Saudi Arabia…

Khashoggi helped in the U.S./Saudi/Pakistani project to destabilize Afghanistan…

Many people in Congress know him personally. They activated procedures under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that will lead to sanctions against Saudi figures…

The U.S. dollar depends on the secret deal arranged in 1974 that recycles Saudi petro-dollars into U.S. treasuries…

Some solution must be found. The easiest one is for King Salman to fire his son and to reinstate Muhammad bin Nayef, who MbS had dethroned, as crown prince. Nayef is the CIA’s man…

Erdogan knows that he is extremely lucky that MbS committed this stupid act under the nose of his secret service.

From the cited JPost:

Eran Lerman, the vice president of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies and a former deputy national security council head, said: “It is certainly not in our interests to see the status of the Saudi government diminished in Washington.

From the AP:

A high-level Turkish official says police have found “certain evidence” during their search of the Saudi Consulate showing that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.

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