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Saudi dissident believes Riyadh tapped calls with Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia threatens to retaliate against any sanctions over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance Former WWE star urges the company to “do the right thing” and pull out of Saudi Arabia
Andrew Cummings | 18 October, 2018, 02:13

The writer had been living in self-exile in Virginia for the past year.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin still plans to attend the conference, but that could change, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, said on ABC's "This Week".

On Sunday, JP Morgan Chase & Co said Chief Executive Jamie Dimon has canceled plans to attend the Saudi Arabian investor conference later this month.

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since October 2. At least some of them appear to have high-level connections in the Saudi government. They claim they have audio and video recordings of Mr Khashoggi being interrogated, killed and dismembered. Meanwhile, his fiancee, Cengiz can be seen waiting outside the building and pacing around outside till the evening.

A White House aide says President Donald Trump is serious when he says there'll be "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is found to be complicit in the disappearance of USA resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.

The joint statement is by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt of the United Kingdom (UK), Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of Germany. Newspapers published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi men in the country's military and security services who are said to have formed an "assassination squad" sent to target Mr Khashoggi.

"For sure, they listened to the conversation between me and Jamal and other activists, in Canada, in the States, in Turkey, in Saudi Arabia", Omar Abdulaziz said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "I am immediately sending our Secretary of State (Mike Pompeo) to meet with King!" "He didn't really know, maybe - I don't want to get into his mind but it sounded to me - maybe these could have been rogue killers". This was reported by Turkish TV channel NTV, citing diplomatic sources.

It added that the countries were treating the incident "with the utmost seriousness". The Palestinian Authority also put out a statement of support.

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Khashoggi , an outspoken critic of the regime, hasn't been seen since entering a Saudi consulate in Islamabad on October 2. Several US Senators have also urged WWE to rethink the event, with Sen.

Faisal bin Farhan, a senior adviser at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, said on his official Twitter account Sunday that the op-ed "did not reflect the thinking of the Saudi leadership".

While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded Saudi Arabia prove their assertion that the journalist left the consulate, he has so far refrained from giving credence to claims that Khashoggi is dead, saying he will wait for an official probe. Jeffrey Currie, the head of commodities research at Goldman Sachs Inc., said Middle East tensions impacting the oil market have now "broadened to include Saudi Arabia".

The Saudi delegation that was due to be involved in the search and has been in Turkey since Friday arrived at Istanbul police headquarters, Turkish television said. Benchmark Brent crude is trading at around $80 a barrel, and Trump has criticized OPEC and Saudi Arabia over rising prices.

Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail USA military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen.

"It's being investigated, it's being looked at very, very strongly", Trump said. The source did caution that this was the latest assessment and no conclusions had been made.

"Whilst it is disappointing that some speakers and partners have pulled out, we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of speakers, moderators and guests from all over the world to Riyadh", a Future Investment Initiative representative said last week.

Federica Mogherini would raise the issue at the council meeting, she told reporters in Luxembourg ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

The Union of the Comoros also affirmed its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia against those who seek to undermine its policy, position, and regional and worldwide status.

Over the weekend a USA senior administration official said that the U.S. hasn't really dealt much with the Turks on the Khashoggi investigation yet because United States officials, including the embassy staff, mostly focused last week on repatriating American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was accused of plotting a coup attempt against Erdogan.

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