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Former U.S. ambassador “95 p.c sure” Saudi Arabia killed lacking journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Up to date Oct 12, 2018 6:05 PM EDT

Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Robert Jordan advised CBS Information Friday he’s “95 p.c sure” that Saudi Arabia killed lacking journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

CBS Information has confirmed that Turkish officers advised the U.S. they’ve audio and video recordings of Khashoggi’s interrogation contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. In keeping with the Washington Put up, these recordings doc a Saudi safety crew killing Khashoggi, who was final seen getting into the consulate 10 days in the past.

“I’ve seen no clarification from the Saudis as to how we might see video of Jamal going into the consulate, however not popping out,” mentioned Jordan. “Their clarification that their closed circuit TV is barely a reside feed and never recording is senseless in any respect and could be absurd by way of safety tradecraft.”

Requested if he had any motive to doubt stories that Saudi brokers killed Khashoggi, Jordan replied, “I would say it is about 95 p.c sure.”

Thus far President Trump has expressed reluctance to punish the nation or scuttle a $110 billion arms deal he signed with the Saudis earlier this 12 months. However each Republicans and Democrats in Congress say Saudi Arabia have to be held accountable for any hurt to Khashoggi.

“I have been listening to from dissidents and Saudis from around the globe who, with Jamal’s obvious homicide, who’re scared,” mentioned Washington Put up editor Karen Attiah. Khashoggi had been a columnist for the Put up.

She mentioned many consider strain from the U.S. often is the solely technique to get solutions.

“That is sending a message to your complete world on whether or not or not we’d stand by and let regimes torture and homicide journalists. I feel with the main points that come out, that is how important that is,” Attiah mentioned.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has gained a status as reformer within the conservative nation, enacting modifications like permitting ladies to drive. However Attiah mentioned Khashoggi advised her nothing occurred in Saudi Arabia with out the crown prince’s information and he was doubtless conscious of any plan to seize or kill Khashoggi.

“I feel perhaps folks within the West wished to consider he was a reformer. I do not essentially assume that he put this label on himself. Nevertheless it’s a heinous crime and it tells us far more about him. They at all times say when anyone exhibits you who they’re, you must consider them,” Attiah mentioned.

“The entire world is watching proper now,” she added.

Khashoggi was near the Saudi royal household for years however had change into a vocal critic of his authorities. In a September interview, known as Saudi Arabia’s overseas coverage “slim minded.” He had been residing within the U.S. in self-imposed exile after a crackdown on activists. Regardless of that, Attiah mentioned “he simply wished to put in writing.”

“For me, one of many recollections that’s coming to me is simply how he had been kicked out of writing a column for his paper in Saudi Arabia, kicked out of broadcast as a result of he at all times form of pushed for reform, and when he got here to the Put up for the primary time, his eyes simply lit up. He’d missed being in a newsroom. He was identical to, ‘Oh sure, I am able to work once more. I wish to be productive once more,'” Attiah mentioned.

President Trump mentioned Wednesday the White Home is in touch with Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. She has appealed to the president and first woman for assist.

In the meantime, Saudi Arabia denies involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance.

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