Pressure grows on Saudi Arabia for answers to Khashoggi disappearance

Pressure grows on Saudi Arabia for answers to Khashoggi disappearance

The New York Times and the Washington Post have reported two private planes carrying Saudi agents arrived in Istanbul on the day of Khashoggi's visit to the consulate and left the same day. We're also joined by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, who knew Khashoggi and is the author of "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S. -Saudi Connection".

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post who has been living in the United States since a year ago after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman instituted a crackdown on those critical of his policies, went to the consulate to get paperwork so he could marry his fiancee. It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2, the day Khashoggi went missing, and left later that day.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey during his NY visit in 2016.

Government sources in Turkey said police believe the 59-year-old was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".

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USA lawmakers fear that the close relationship between President Donald Trump and advisor Jared Kushner may have prevented intelligence officials from notifying Khashoggi, a US resident, of the threat.

Turkish officials later announced that they believed Khashoggi was murdered inside of the consulate and that his body was transported out of the building. It plans to move forward with its search of the Saudi consulate soon. It remains unclear when the search will take place.

"The request that America made to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries is to be sure that if there is any loss of supply from Iran, that we will supply that".

Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of the regime, has been missing for more than a week after going to the Saudi consulate general in Istanbul to obtain wedding papers.

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Turkish officials have suggested Khashoggi was murdered. 'We have to find out what happened. "‎As the President has conveyed, the United States is concerned by his disappearance". The two sides have worked together on challenging Iran despite growing concern over the prince's campaign against dissidents, which critics say has shown up the true face of his rule.

In this February 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. Per the Times' source, the team's plan was "quick and complex", and the Saudi dissenter was dismembered "with a bone saw they brought for the objective". She also asked the Saudi government to release closed-circuit TV footage from inside the consulate to shed light on what happened to her fiancé.

The president said Wednesday he has been in contact with Saudi officials at the highest levels shortly before the Washington Post reported Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him.

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