Saudi prince allegedly ordered operation on Khashoggi

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He has said Saudi Arabia must prove its version of events but so far has stopped short of directly accusing the kingdom or laying the blame on the powerful crown prince.

Rand Paul on Wednesday said he plans to introduce a bill this week to cut off all military aid to Saudi Arabia until missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is returned alive. As it escalates, WWE could potentially be forced to sever ties with the country, and Murphy's words are particularly pertinent to their business as he represents the state in which WWE HQ is based.

Riyadh insisted the Khashoggi left the building and called the murder claims "baseless".

"We're demanding everything", Trump said when asked if he was demanding information from the Saudis.

Turkish media has published images of an alleged 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance a week ago.

Saudi Arabia has remained silent as the images have played across television networks in Turkey and around the world.

"When I hear of the arrest of a friend who did nothing that (deserved being) arrested, it makes me feel I shouldn't go", he told the BBC.

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Khashoggi is a resident of the United States and has been living in Washington, D.C. The former editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper and then an advisor to Saudi government officials, in the previous year Khashoggi had written columns critical of the Saudi goverment in the Post. "And we're going to get to the bottom of it", Trump said. According to some reports, Ankara is considering the options of recalling its ambassador from Riyadh and expelling the Saudi envoy if the Saudis fail to provide a satisfactory explanation on Khashoggi's fate "within several days".

The newspaper, where Mr Khashoggi wrote columns critical of the Saudi government, said United States intelligence had intercepted communications showing Saudi officials were trying to lure the journalist back to his homeland so they could arrest him.

Tony Blair, a supporter of the Saudi modernisation programme, said the Saudis needed to offer credible explanations for what had happened to Khashoggi.

A former senior intelligence official who did not want to be named told The Washington Post: "Capturing him, which could have been interpreted as arresting him, would not have triggered a duty-to-warn obligation".

"I think that would be hurting us", Trump said.

"We are very very disturbed" by Khashoggi's disappearance", said Code Pink founder Meda Benjamin.

As a former intelligence official told the Post, intelligence officers must tell a person (whether a US citizen or not) if he or she is in immediate danger of violence.

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He also predicted that final results of Turkey's investigations may dissuade the United States administration and Trump from continued support for bin Salman.

Turkish police investigating the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi believe he was killed inside the consulate by 15 Saudis who visited October 2, and left the country the same day.

But in a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Trump advisor Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday about the matter.

Cengiz appealed to Trump in an opinion piece for the Washington Post on Tuesday, calling on him to "help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Saudi authorities had agreed to allow a search of the consulate.

If evidence implicates the Saudi Government in Khashoggi's disappearance or death, it would indicate a new level of violence that authorities are willing to undertake to silence criticism of the crown prince, whose jailing of opponents at home has undercut his efforts to fashion himself as a moderniser of his conservative kingdom.

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