Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished


WaPo Reluctantly Runs Khashoggi's Final Column

The paper claimed the device captured incriminating conversations between Saudi officials as they brutalised their victim and that Mr Khashoggi can be heard screaming as his fingers are hacked off before he was "injected with an unknown drug".

His Washington Post editor said his final article was a testament to his commitment to a "freedom he apparently gave his life for". "But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet".

On Thursday, the Post published what it described as Khashoggi's last column in honor of the missing journalist.

Karen Attiah, editor of the newspaper's Global Opinions section, said in an editor's note that she received the column from Khashoggi's translator and assistant on October 3, the day after he was reported missing following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Ms Attiah said the column was a ideal example of Khashoggi's commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world, which was "a freedom he apparently gave his life for".

A suspect identified by Turkey in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reported on Tuesday (Oct 16).

Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations "baseless", has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days, including on Thursday.

The US president has been on the defensive ever since Khashoggi - a US resident and Washington Post contributor who had been critical of powerful Prince Mohammed - vanished on October 2 after visiting the Istanbul consulate.

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He visited the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document confirming he had divorced his ex-wife, in order to allow him to remarry.

As a young reporter, he traveled to Afghanistan to interview Osama bin Laden, who at the time was among CIA-backed militants fighting the Soviet Union.

President Vladimir Putin says Russian Federation will wait for the outcome of a probe into the disappearance of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi before deciding what impact it may have on relations with Saudi Arabia.

It is believed he was tortured, murdered and dismembered in the presence of up to 15 Saudi officials, including Dr al-Tubaigy and Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, who is a bodyguard for the Crown Prince.

He said: 'The idea that we can treat Saudi as a normal state if it practises state-sponsored murder outside its borders is simply not true'.

Liam Fox, the global trade secretary, has pulled out of next week's "Davos in the Desert" summit in Riyadh amid allegations that Saudi Arabia murdered Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist.

The boycott of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh will be a huge embarrassment for Prince Mohammed, who has tried to model himself as a reformer and encourage outside investment into Saudi Arabia. "Tyrants eventually pay for their sins".

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