A United Nations human rights expert has said the investigation into the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Turkey "should not be politicized", insisting the case has created a dilemma for the Turkish government. We have some incredible people and some incredible talent working on it.
The case surrounding the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, raised more concerns in the USA after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered during the visit.
The footage all seemed to come from surveillance cameras, which would have been posted throughout the district housing the Saudi consulate and other diplomatic missions.
One former intelligence official speculated the mysterious 15-member team sent from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance meant to conduct a "rendition" operation and spirit him back to Saudi territory, but something may have gone wrong and resulted in Khashoggi's death.
The kingdom has dismissed the allegation as "baseless", but has released no evidence supporting its version of events which is that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed shortly after entering.
The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of what it referred to as an "assassination squad" apparently taken at passport control.
On Thursday, Trump said he saw no reason to block Saudi Arabia investments in the US. The wealthy former government insider had been living in the U.S.in self-imposed exile.
In another Fox News interview late Wednesday, Trump said it is too early for him to commit to any possible response should Saudi Arabia be responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance. "We're probably getting closer than you might think". These leaks, largely matching across Turkey's state-run media and private Erdogan-linked outlets, likely come from the country's security services as another means to pressure the kingdom over Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance.
He said the United States is expecting a report on what happened to the journalist, who was last seen on 2 October when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve paperwork.
The journalist fled Saudi Arabia and lived in self-imposed exile in the USA, after he grew more critical of Mohammed bin Salman for the war in Yemen and the crown prince's crackdown of dissent in the kingdom.
The Turkish newspaper also published the names, faces, and years of birth of each of the 15 intelligence team members.
Earlier, the Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi.
The White House said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and senior officials had spoken to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Tuesday and asked for more details about the situation.
A Turkish official said on October 6 that an "initial assessment" by police concluded Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate. "Maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised, but somehow I doubt it". Murphy is part of a growing call in Congress to check USA support - which includes aerial refueling and arms sales - amid reports Saudi airstrikes have killed civilians. "Now, as you know, they're saying 'We had nothing to do with it.' But so far everyone's saying they had nothing to do with it". "It's a very serious situation for us". The two countries are also at odds over Iran's role in the region and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which Saudi Arabia views as threats.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) reportedly spoke to a Saudi ambassador about viewing security video that would show whether or not Khashoggi left the consulate.