The Case of the Missing Khashoggi

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On October 2, 2018, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi went missing when he traveled to the Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to get divorce papers, so he could get married in the United States. According to the story that is being reported by several news outlets. Jamal Khashoggi and his fiancé went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to get the documents needed. After Khashoggi’s fiancé Hatice Cengiz reported that he did not return from the consulate, many of Khashoggi’s colleagues and friends have feared the worst.

The Turkey government has alleged that Saudi Arabia with the assistance of the United States have killed Khashoggi, cut him up into pieces . . . buried him, and claim to have a video to prove this. https://youtu.be/N8MJF0wvCG4

Only one problem, the video does not show Khashoggi being taken out of the building, but there is a picture that has been sent to Fox News via twitter showing Khashoggi leaving the Consulate/Embassy. https://twitter.com/kichirou1/status/1050678142363291649

My first question is why did Jamal Khashoggi have to go all the way to Istanbul, Turkey?
The United States has one of the biggest consulates (embassy) right here in Washington, D.C. https://www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy11761/

EMBASSY OF SAUDI ARABIA IN WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C., United States

601 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
United States

What is a Consulate?
Consulates provide the same services and carry out the same official functions as the Embassy. Consulates follow the lead of the Ambassador in engaging local government, civil society and other organization to address Mission priorities. In many instances, consulates, because of their location within a country, may serve as the primary actor in achieving one priority or another. So, while the Embassy may place great importance on agricultural development, the real work with the local population will be done by officers in a consulate.
Consulates provide passport, birth registration and many other services for visiting or resident American citizens in a country. They also have consular sections which issue visas for foreign citizens to visit, study and work in the United States. Consulates work with U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies to combat international crime.
Coordinating with the embassy, a consulate conducts commercial, information, education, and exchange programs to develop business partners and potential customers for US companies, work with the media and public entities to explain US policy and encourage academic, scientific and artistic exchanges. They often have reference centers where foreign citizens can come to learn about the United States through printed and online media.

The definition is provided by https://www.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy/docs/208083.htm

Now, that we have a definition of a consulate/embassy. It is clear that a copy could have been sent to our embassy right here in Washington, D.C. the exact state or to be more literal the exact district that Jamal Khashoggi works in.

So, this story right from the beginning does not make sense and leads a logical person to ask what is the story behind the story being told?

To answer that question, one must look at the background of Jamal Khashoggi.

Here are 5 fast facts about Jamal Khashoggi:

1. Jamal Khashoggi was born in 1958 to a very rich and well – connected family. His grandfather was Mohammed Khaled Khashoggi, King Abdulaziz Al Saud’s personal doctor.

2. Jamal Khashoggi is also the nephew of the late billionaire Adnan Khashoggi, whose Azerbaijan banks played a big part in the formation of terrorist camps and in the opening of laboratories for developing chemical and bacteriological weapons in Nagorny Karabakh. The essence of the Azerbaijan operation was an effort of former Iran-Contra conspirators to illegally support(support that was made illegal by the U.S. Congress) in its war against Russian back Armenia. Uncle Adnan Khashoggi is also an infamous arms dealer who used to be a key player in the Middle East and in the 1960’s made a name for himself by brokering arms deals between Riyadh and Washington. For more information on late billionaire Adnan Khashoggi and his key role in the Iran-Contra as well as his role in September 11, 2001 click here.

3. Jamal Khashoggi’s cousin is the late Dodi Fayed, the same Dodi Fayed that was in a relationship with the late U.K.’s Princess Diana. Fayed died along with Princess Diana in a tragic car accident in 1997. For more information on this accident click here.

In 2015, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal launched a T.V. station called Al-Arab News and appointed Jamal, his close confidant, as the news station’s editor- in- chief.
According to Arab News:

A) Shortly after its launch on February 1, programming was interrupted after Alarab broadcast an interview with an opposition politician in Bahrain.
B) The interview with a Shiite opponent of the Gulf kingdom’s Sunni rulers sparked criticism in the pro-government Bahraini daily Akhbar Al-Khaleej.
C) The newspaper said it learned that Alarab was taken off the air for “not adhering to the norms prevalent in Gulf countries.”

4. Jamal was barred from speaking to any news outlets after the interview with Bahrain and could not find any work so, Jamal decided to come to the United States.

5. After arriving in the United States, Jamal Khashoggi began writing a column for the Washington Post, voicing his support for a reformed government in Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi often criticized the Saudi government for its involvement in the Yemen War. He also wrote about the misuse of the nation’s wealth by the Saudi Royal Family. He also criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power. You can read some of his articles here and here.

The events that have transpired since the alleged disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi continues to grow every day. The Khashoggi story seems to be about more than what is being propagated. Here are a few stories that have been published since Jamal Khashoggi went missing on October 2, 2018.
The Washington times has stated that Jamal Khashoggi did not leave the consulate; however, as previously stated a picture has been sent by tweet to fox news showing Jamal Khashoggi arriving and leaving the consulate. https://twitter.com/kichirou1/status/1050678142363291649

The Washington Times states: A New York Times report said top Turkish security officials now believe the journalist was assassinated in the Saudi Consulate on orders from Riyadh. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/10/jamal-khashoggi-disappearance-after-saudi-consulat/

Here is the New York Times article. The picture in the New York Times article shows Jamal Khashoggi entering but never shows him leaving. “How convenient” Here is a short transcript of the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/09/world/europe/jamal-khashoggi-turkey-saudi-arabia.html

ANKARA, Turkey — 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, a senior official said Tuesday.
The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two 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.

“It is like ‘Pulp Fiction,’” the official said.

Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have denied the allegations, insisting that Mr. Khashoggi left the consulate freely shortly after he arrived. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has demanded that the Saudis provide evidence proving their claim.
It remains unclear how the Turkish government determined that Mr. Khashoggi had been killed, but the conclusion that the Saudi royal court ordered it could increase the pressure on both sides of the dispute. It would make it more difficult for the two governments to come up with a face-saving story blaming Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance on some third party, on rogue elements of the Saudi security forces, or on an accident during an interrogation that went wrong.

Khashoggi friend says journalist angered Saudi government with column during its ‘charm campaign’ https://www.yahoo.com/news/khashoggi-friend-says-journalist-angered-saudi-government-column-charm-campaign-130024214.html
The article was written by Michael Isikoff the same journalist that was involved in the Russia Coup against President Trump. https://dailycaller.com/2018/02/02/isikoff-stunned-carter-page/

Also happening right now in Turkey: Daniel Hoffman on Pastor Brunson case:
“We don’t have any hard evidence here, but the timing does look awfully interesting.”
Link for the story here.

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi at the same time as Pastor Brunson’s case in Turkey does seem awfully suspicious and leads to additional questions . . .

Why are all these CEO’s and business owners pulling their support for Saudi Arabia over this alleged disappearance of a writer for the Washington Post?

Uber CEO pulls out of Saudi Arabia conference over Khashoggi disappearance
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/411089-uber-ceo-pulls-out-of-saudi-arabia-conference-over-khashoggi-disappearance

Virgin Galactic boss Richard Branson suspends $1bn Saudi investment over Khashoggi disappearance
https://www.rt.com/news/441045-branson-saudi-khashoggi-salman/

Why is the Senate talking about invoking the Magnitsky Act and Sanctions against Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a writer for the Washington Post?

http://time.com/5421383/senate-probe-saudi-arabia-jamal-khashoggi/
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is forcing the Trump administration to investigate the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities.

US senators trigger human rights probe over missing Saudi journalist

US senators trigger human rights probe over missing Saudi journalist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twenty-two U.S. senators on Wednesday forced a U.S. investigation of whether human rights sanctions should be imposed over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist last seen as he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2.

In a letter, the senators said they had triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation.

“Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest – ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia,” they said.

The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senators Bob Corker and Bob Menendez, and their counterparts on the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department, Lindsey Graham, and Patrick Leahy, triggered the Magnitsky action.

But the 18 others also signed the letter to send Trump a strong bipartisan message of support for a serious U.S. response to Khashoggi’s disappearance, Senate aides said.

The Global Magnitsky Act requires a report within 120 days of the letter with a decision on the imposition of sanctions on anyone deemed responsible for a serious rights violation such as torture, prolonged detention without trial or extrajudicial killing of someone exercising freedom of expression.

“The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights,” the letter said.

The 2012 Magnitsky Act imposed visa bans and asset freezes on Russian officials linked to the 2009 death in prison of Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year-old Russian whistleblower. It became the Global Magnitsky Act in 2016 when it was expanded to cover rights abusers in any country.

Thanks to Wiki-leaks we know that Hillary Clinton and The DNC have many friends in the media and printed news outlets (New York Times and Washington Post)
List of reporters that Hillary wined and dined, including biggest journalists and pundits of CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, NY Times, and a lot more. Off the record.

• https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/12063
• https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/10353
• https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/23958 (another dinner with 25)
• https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/26404

“20 reporters who will closely cover the campaign (aka the bus)”
“Off the record” dinner with 25 press attendees.”
“Hi, John – I just wanted to thank you again for your hospitality last night. You were so kind to open your home to us, and the food was as fantastic as promised (everyone at the White House raves about your dinners). I really appreciated the opportunity to connect with a number of folks from Team Clinton. The evening was a great way to kick off this crazy adventure. Thank you, and I hope we’ll cross paths again soon. Best, Colleen McCain Nelson The Wall Street Journal”

• http://www.mostdamagingwikileaks.com/

What does the White House have to say about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi?

According to Fox News, the white house has stated the following . . .

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said national security adviser John Bolton and presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke on Tuesday to the crown prince about Khashoggi. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the U.S. request for information and a thorough, transparent investigation. On Wednesday, State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino said that the U.S. had “no advance knowledge” of Khashoggi’s disappearance.
https://www.foxnews.com/world/saudi-ruler-ordered-detention-of-missing-journalist-jamal-khashoggi-report-says

What do you think?