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Turkey has concluded that Jamal #Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this week by a 15-member Saudi team sent “specifically for the murder"…
"#Khashoggi visited the consulate to obtain documents related to his upcoming wedding.

The killing, if confirmed, would mark a stunning escalation of Saudi Arabia’s effort to silence dissent, rounding up clerics, business execs & women’s rights advocates"
"The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. #Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate."…
"15 Saudi citizens, *including Saudi diplomats*, arrived in Istanbul on 2 separate planes & were at the consulate around same time as Khashoggi. They later left Turkey for the countries they came from.

These were the agents sent to deal with #Khashoggi"

"Turan Kislakci, head of Turkish Arab Media Association, said Turkish officials called him & confirmed Khashoggi was killed and his body was dismembered."

A senior Arab govt official also described #Khashoggi’s body as having been dismembered."
"In a draft unpublished column, #Khashoggi had planned to argue for the importance to the Arab world of developing a free press.

Recounting a journalist jailed in Saudi Arabia and the censorship of a newspaper in Egypt, he wrote, “Everyone is fearful.”…
Not only have Trump's vicious, authoritarian attacks on the free press given other regimes carte blanche to follow suit, he is personally indebted to the Saudi royals, who twice saved him from bankruptcy and are keeping his failing NY hotel afloat.

The human cost of kleptocracy.
Security camera footage was removed from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Turkish staff were abruptly told to go home on the day Jamal #Khashoggi disappeared while inside the building,…
Top Turkish security officials have concluded that the Saudi dissident Jamal #Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on orders from the highest levels of the royal court
"The official described a quick and complex operation in which Khashoggi was killed within 2 hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose."
"Another person briefed on the matter told NYT that Turkish intelligence had obtained a video of the killing, made by the Saudis to prove that it had occurred.

A commentator close to Erdoğan’s govt said so publicly on Tuesday: “There is a video of the moment of him being killed"
"A search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations."

Turkey will search the Saudi consulate for missing journalist Jamal #Khashoggi
"Before #Khashoggi’s disappearance, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him. The Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there"…
Turkish officials, who are examining the hit squad’s movements, have now expanded their investigation to explore what happened at the residence of the Saudi consul general, Mohammed al-Otaibi, located 500 yards from the consulate.
Senator Corker said he spoke with the Saudi ambassador to the US, who told him that the surveillance video outside the consulate only live-streams and does not record.

When Corker expressed skepticism, the ambassador said ‘well, it was malfunctioning"…
U.S. intelligence reportedly knew about a Saudi plan to capture dissident and journalist Jamal #Khashoggi…
March 2018: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bragged that (heavily indebted) Jared Kushner is "in his pocket," and has told people that during Kushner's covert visit to KSA last year, he shared the names of "disloyal" Saudis with him
Feb 2018: "Kushner issues more requests for information to the intelligence community than any White House employee who isn't working on the National Security Council"

Intelligence is a valuable commodity for someone deeply in debt.…
"Kushner has grown so close to the Saudi and Emirati crown princes that he has communicated with them directly using WhatsApp."

A heavily-indebted neophyte conducting highly-sensitive diplomacy, with no security clearance, using an encrypted messaging app
How many Saudi dissidents and human rights activists were placed in grave danger (or worse) by a clown prince selling access to classified information?

#Khashoggi was not MBS' only target.
At the time of his disappearance, Jamal #Khashoggi was working to launch a pro-democracy group called Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), which he had incorporated in Delaware in January…
#SaudiArabia human rights lawyer, activist and writer @WaleedAbulkhair, currently serving a 15-year sentence, wins PEN Pinter Prize for an International Writer of Courage…
In addition to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sending his entourage to prop up Trump's failing NY hotel, the Saudis are doing their part to boost sagging revenues at Trump's Chicago property.

Hence the muted response to #Khashoggi's disappearance.
‘I know nothing’: Trump’s Col. Klink act toward missing Saudi journalist Jamal #Khashoggi sparks concern among press advocates
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered an operation to lure Jamal #Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan
As US officials called on the Saudi govt to explain #Khashoggi's disappearance, Crown Prince MBS insisted on talking directly to the White House, hoping to leverage his close ties with Kushner and others in Trump’s inner circle to avoid repercussions
In a letter to Trump, 22 senators (including 11 Republicans) trigger the Global #Magnitsky Act, requiring an investigation into #Khashoggi's disappearance, imposition of sanctions on any foreign person involved, and a report to Congress within 120 days…
April 2018: the hidden genius that no one understands works his magic in Saudi Arabia.
.@tedlieu has been sounding the alarm on Jared's falsified SF-86s and inexplicable security clearance for almost 2 years, but @HouseGOP @SenateGOP pretended it was totally legit.

American foreign policy for sale.
That was a bad thing the Saudis did, but we can be bought off.

"We don't like it even a little bit, but as to whether or not we should stop $110 billion being spent in this country, knowing they have alternatives .. that would not be acceptable to me"
Not only is this rationale morally indefensible given KSA atrocities in Yemen, the premise itself is false: "Saudi arms purchases have fallen far short of the $110 billion trumpeted by Kushner, in part because that price tag was always exaggerated"
"You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic. You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.”

Turkey has told US officials that it has audio & video tapes that prove #JamalKhashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate
"Republican Senator Cory Gardner complained that the Trump administration had left senators in the dark about intelligence pointing to a Saudi role [in #Khashoggi's disappearance]"

@richardbranson said he's pulling back from 2 tourism projects in Saudi Arabia & has suspended discussions with Saudi govt about a $1 billion investment in Virgin's space companies amid concern over the disappearance of journalist Jamal #Khashoggi
"In 1991, when Trump was ~$900 million in debt from failed casino projects, he sold his 281-foot yacht to Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

4 years later, the prince bought a controlling stake in Trump’s [bankrupt] Plaza Hotel"…
Media organizations withdraw from Saudi Arabia economic conference in wake of apparent murder of Jamal #Khashoggi:
NY Times
LA Times
Ariana Huffington
The Economist
Financial Times
Harbour Group (Saudi govt lobbyist in DC)…
Turkey has what one Western intelligence agency described as "shocking and disgusting" evidence of journalist Jamal #Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate…
You knew this was coming.

Desperate to justify Trump's inaction on #Khashoggi's murder, right-wingers have resorted to smearing the victim as a supporter of Islamic terrorism.

And @DonaldJTrumpJr is happy to pimp the smear.
1/ Kushner had traveled the world in a futile search for investors for his aptly-named 666 Fifth, which had a $1.2 billion mortgage due Feb 2019 (his company held half, on which it hadn't paid a cent).
2/ "Kushner issues more requests for information to the intelligence community than any White House employee who isn't working on the National Security Council"

Intelligence is a valuable commodity for someone deeply in debt.…
3/ October 29, 2017: Kushner took unannounced trip to Saudi Arabia: "the two princes are said to have stayed up until nearly 4 a.m. several nights planning strategy"
4/ Thomas Barrack, chair of Trump's inaugural committee, was a key player player in Mike Flynn's (undisclosed) US-Saudi nuclear project.

He also employed Rick Gates until his indictment
5/ The backlash forced the Trump admin to put the Saudi nuclear plan on the back burner.

Ultimately, Jared unloaded 666 on Apollo Global Management, one of whose largest investors is Qatar Investment Authority (same QIA which bought a stake in Rosneft)
6/ In April 2017, Kushner’s father had met the Qatari Finance Minister in a failed attempt to secure financing for 666 Fifth.

One month later, Saudi Arabia & the UAE - with Jared's backing - led a diplomatic assault that culminated in a blockade of Qatar
7/ Was Jared Kushner leveraging his access to classified information and influence over foreign policy to extract private favors and concessions for his troubled real estate business, at the risk of jeopardizing the lives of dissidents, American soldiers and innocent civilians?
#pt poorly worded on my part: dissidents are, of course, innocent civilians. My reference to the latter was specifically meant with the possible victims of a Saudi/UAE-Qatar military conflict in mind.
Turkish newspaper Sabah: #Khashoggi turned on the recording function of his Apple Watch before entering the Saudi consulate.

His interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to his phone (which he had left with his fiancé) and to iCloud…
As we raise the alarm on the threats to journalists, remember Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of @Reuters, who have been imprisoned 306 days for investigating the massacre of 10 #Rohingya men and boys by security forces and local Buddhists in Myanmar…
April: Saudi Arabia criticised for 48 beheadings in first four months of 2018, up 70% over the same period in the previous year…
"None of the charges against Israa al-Ghomgham are for violent acts."

Saudi Arabia seeks 'unprecedented' beheading for woman activist…
Not only is Trump's "$110 billion in arma sales to Saudi Arabia" claim fake, most of the publicly announced items had been previously announced by Obama.

KSA even let the deadline on the $15 bil THAAD system lapse, despite getting a 20% discount via Jared…
JP Morgan Chase's Jamie Dimon joins CEO exodus from Saudi investment conference
Ford Motor chairman cancels visit to Saudi investor conference, the latest withdrawal after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal #Khashoggi
Pretty soon, MbS will have no one left at his Davos in the Desert but Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro.
Jamie Dimon, who was scheduled to be a featured speaker, cancels appearance at Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative #FII2018 conference amid uproar over the fate of journalist Jamal #Khashoggi…
You knew he was going to cave. After all, the Saudis totally deny it. In fact, they're very insulted by the allegation.

After speaking with Saudi King Salman,Trump says ‘rogue killers’ may be involved in the disappearance of Jamal #Khashoggi
Turkish prosecutors investigating Jamal #Khashoggi's disappearance have found "evidence of killing" and "tampering" in the Saudi consulate…
"Two weeks is a very long time for the probable scene of a crime not to have been subjected to a full forensic investigation."

UN human rights chief calls to lift 'immunity' for the Saudi consulate and any officials involved in #Khashoggi's disappearance
Trump, this morning: “For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”

@FoxNewsResearch (!!) with the smackdown.
"In public, @SecPompeo never mentioned #Khashoggi.

He was all smiles, his hand outstretched, as he approached the crown prince.

“We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together," MBS told him.

Pompeo replied with enthusiasm: “Absolutely.”
"Turkish officials cited the long delay before they were allowed to enter the consulate. They also noted Saudi attempts to scrub the scene by bringing in cleaning crews & repainting areas of the consulate"

Turkey releases passport scans of Saudi hit squad…
In their consulate.

Caught on tape.

Another abject capitulation to murderous tyrants. #Khashoggi
These people are monsters.

And we call them "allies." Horrific.
(warning: extremely graphic) #Khashoggi
Suspects identified by Turkish authorities in the #Khashoggi case have direct ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
"If these men were present at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where #Khashoggi disappeared Oct 2, they might provide a direct link between what happened and Prince Mohammed.

That would undercut any suggestion that he died in a rogue operation unsanctioned by the crown prince."
A perfect synopsis of Trump's response to the vivisection of a journalist.

Beneath contempt. #Khashoggi
7 of the 15 suspects in Jamal #Khashoggi's assassination are MbS' bodyguards.

This is especially damning:

"The suspects ate dinner at the Saudi consul-general’s residence after murdering and dismembering Khashoggi inside the consulate." (^ @EliotHiggins)
"His killers were waiting when Jamal #Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate. They severed his fingers during an interrogation and later beheaded and dismembered him, according to details from audio recordings published in Turkish news media"
"After he was shown into the office of the Saudi consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, the agents seized #Khashoggi almost immediately and began to beat and torture him, eventually cutting off his fingers"
“It is imperative that this [Global #MagnitskyAct] sanctions determination, and U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabi generally, are not influenced by any conflicts of interest that may exist because of your or your family’s deep financial ties to Saudi Arabia.”
Oct 2: Khashoggi disappears, likely murdered
Oct 3: Nikki Haley secretly submits her resignation letter to Trump
Oct 9: Haley announces her resignation, catching senior administration officials off guard
October 9: "The news reportedly blindsided those in the foreign policy establishment, the White House and even members of Haley’s staff."

"Something doesn’t smell right": The curious timing of Nikki Haley’s exit @AaronBlake…
Pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Şafak: Meshal Saad M. Albostani, a member of the 15-member Saudi hit squad that targeted Jamal #Khashoggi dies in suspicious car accident in Riyadh…
.@SecPompeo received a briefing on Turkey’s claims that #Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, but did not listen to an audio recording of his final moments – in which he endured such excruciating agony that the assassins drowned out his screams with music…
"A slam dunk issue for oversight": a Democratic-controlled House will be very likely to investigate Trump’s response to #Khashoggi's murder, including helping to cover up for – and his personal financial entanglements with – the Saudi regime @ThePlumLineGS…
Rep Eliot Engel, who will be HFAC chair if the Dems take over the House:

“This not something we can turn our heads away from. I want a full accounting of what happened. The House Foreign Affairs Committee clearly has jurisdiction over something like this"
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker: the administration has “clamped down” on sharing intelligence about the #Khashoggi case, canceling an intelligence briefing & informing him no additional intelligence would be shared with the Senate…
"Kushner has been urging Trump to stand by MBS, arguing the outrage over #Khashoggi will pass, just as it did after other Saudi errors like the kidnapping of the prime minister of Lebanon and killing of a busload of children in Yemen by a Saudi airstrike"
Hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a whisper campaign smearing Jamal #Khashoggi to deflect criticism from Trump's handling of the journalist’s murder…
"Trump aides are aware of the #Khashoggi attacks circulating on Capitol Hill and in conservative media, GOP officials said, adding that aides are .. doing little to contest it."

Because like praising body slams of journalists, it's politically beneficial.
"In the statement, the kingdom’s public prosecutor said that an investigation had found that an argument broke out between #Khashoggi and men who met him inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, leading to “a fistfight that led to his death.”
A fistfight. With MBS' bodyguards. Who happened to be in Istanbul. And had a bone saw on hand.

After 17 days, this is the best the Saudis could contrive?
His fate seemed a foregone conclusion by this point, but the confirmation of the fact is still heartwrenching. I can only imagine how devastating this must be for his loved ones, particularly given the very public recountings of his final moments.

May Jamal R.I.P.
Fall guys identified.

Saudi government fires 5 top officials, including MBS' advisor Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, and arrests 18 others in connection with the assassination of Jamal #Khashoggi
Trump helps complete the whitewash:
– says Saudi arrests in #Khashoggi killing are ‘great first step", "very important"
– doesn’t want any sanctions to include arms deals
– wants to talk to Saudi crown prince (why not the king?) before next steps are taken
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she doesn’t accept Saudi Arabia’s explanation on the death of Jamal #Khashoggi, as European leaders call for UN investigation into his assassination…
“We condemn this act in the strongest terms"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel & Foreign Minister Heiko Mass issue joint statement: #SaudiArabia's version of events surrounding #Khashoggi's death is insufficient, demand accountability for those responsible…
“A very sad day for this nation, to see what the country had descended into."

Saudis react to official reversal on #Khashoggi murder with shock, anger, disappointment and disbelief…
Joint statement from the UK, France and Germany on Jamal #Khashoggi's death:

"More efforts are needed and expected towards establishing the truth in a comprehensive, transparent and credible manner."…
The latest Saudi regime narrative contradicting its previous explanations: senior Saudi official claims Jamal #Khashoggi was killed in a chokehold when he resisted attempts by the hit squad to drug and kidnap him…
"We seek justice and this will be revealed in all its naked truth .. The incident will be revealed entirely"

Erdoğan says he will reveal details of #Khashoggi case Tuesday
King Salman's envoy had access to the recording of #Khashoggi's death.

“The audio does not have this nonsense about a fight that broke after an argument. This is not what Khalid told the king & his friends. This is absolutely rubbish,” said a royal member…
Regardless of the calls from Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul for the Saudi crown prince to be replaced, MbS' grip on power has only grown stronger since #Khashoggi's death.
Merkel: Germany is freezing arms exports to Saudi Arabia until questions surrounding Jamal #Khashoggi's death are credibly addressed
Turkish pro-govt newspaper Yeni Şafak: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke on the phone with Jamal #Khashoggi moments before he was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (h/t @lademocraciala)…
"#Khashoggi was detained inside the consulate, then MbS contacted him by phone & tried to convince him to return to Riyadh.

Khashoggi refused out of fear he would be arrested & killed if he returned. The hit team murdered him after the conversation ended"
Trump denied that any US officials have heard the tape proving Khashoggi was tortured and murdered.

Yet CIA officials have heard it.

And now Kushner and MBS hardly know each other (secret rendezvous, 4 am chats & WhatsApp messages notwithstanding)…
Surveillance footage shows a Saudi 'body double' leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by the back door wearing #Khashoggi's clothes (+ fake beard and glasses)
Turkish broadcaster NTV: five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate are giving statements today as witnesses into Jamal #Khashoggi's assassination.

20 employees have already been interviewed, including the consul general’s driver…
"Saudi officials have said they will insist that 50% of the spending will be in Saudi Arabia, for Saudi jobs, if the tentative agreements are to go forward."

To date, only 6 deals have been signed – & all had been previously notified to Congress by Obama…
“There is an urgent need to clarify what happened — we are far from this having been cleared up and those responsible [for #Khashoggi's murder] held to account"

Germany halts future arms sales to Saudi Arabia, urges allies to follow suit…
How Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the man behind Jamal #Khashoggi's murder, directed the killing via Skype…
"Qahtani was beamed into a room of the Saudi consulate via Skype.

He began to hurl insults at #Khashoggi over the phone. Jamal responded in kind, before he was attacked by the hit squad.

At one point Qahtani told his men, "Bring me the head of the dog"
Turkey intercepted 7 calls from the leader of the Saudi hit squad to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's office on the day of Jamal #Khashoggi's death.

"If leaked, these calls would be explosive" (h/t @jwgop)…
"A Saudi envoy, Prince Khaled bin Faisal, offered a package of inducements for Turkey to drop the #Khashoggi case — including financial aid and investments to help Turkey’s struggling economy, and an end to a Saudi embargo on Qatar, a Turkish ally"
Jared Kushner gives away the game:

“We’re getting facts [on #Khashoggi's death] in from multiple places. Once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe.”
"Kushner suggested the White House would need to balance any punishment for the death with its interests in the region."

*with his interests in the region…
"We are facing a situation that has been monstrously planned and later tried to be covered up. It is a complicated murder."

'Naked truth': Turkey to reveal findings into death of Jamal #Khashoggi (h/t @real_farmacist)…
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