In his 'last' column, Khashoggi wrote on threats to free media

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago Credit Hasan Jamali AP

Turkish officials say Mr. Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate shortly after he entered on October 2, stirring global revulsion and widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia.

In a sorrowful note atop the column, Khashoggi's editor explained why the Post chose to publish the column Wednesday, almost three weeks after his disappearance.

The Saudi consul general reportedly is heard on tape saying, "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble".

On Thursday, the Post published what it described as Khashoggi's last column in honor of the missing journalist.

Turkish police and forensic experts on Wednesday searched the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul and also searched the country's consulate for a second time.

Forensic teams had already visited the consulate once this week, going there Monday to search for clues to what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the diplomatic outpost on October 2.

While Washington may do everything in its power to protect its close relationship with Riyadh, it "may not be easy" when up against a storm of worldwide criticism over the Khashoggi case, Jatras noted.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an emergency trip to Riyadh this week to discuss Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who is believed to be dead at the hands of Saudi officials.

Khashoggi also praised the Washington Post for its translation of his columns into Arabic, but ultimately, he argued what is most needed is an independent speech platform for ordinary Arab people.

He has recently suggested that the global community had jumped to conclusions that Saudi Arabia was behind Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

She ended her note: "This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world".

"I told President Trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days to complete that so we can get a complete understanding (of) the facts surrounding that, at which point we can make a decision about how the United States should respond to the issues surrounding Mr. Khashoggi", Pompeo said.

"You know we need Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight against all of the terrorism, everything that's happening in Iran and other places". Trump has speculated without providing evidence that "rogue killers" could be responsible.

According to Axios, Pompeo told Salman during their meeting that the Saudi leader needs to "own" the situation surrounding the alleged macabre murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The New York Times reports that four of the 15 agents have links to Crown Prince Mohammed, while another is a senior figure in the country's interior ministry.

Last week, even after reports surfaced about a possible link between the killing and Saudi's royal family, Mnuchin expressed his intent to still attend the conference. When asked on Wednesday if he was covering up for bin Salman, Trump said: "No, not at all, I just want to find out what's happening".

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