Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince - report - global

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"That's the only family that matters in Saudi politics, and they nearly never talk about their own conversations with each other and what the thinking is in the family".

"I do think it's important that everyone. keep in their mind that we have lots of important relationships - financial relationships between USA and Saudi companies, governmental relationship, things we work on together all across the world", Pompeo said.

President Donald Trump, who earlier warned of "severe punishment" if the kingdom was found culpable for Khashoggi's disappearance, criticized the allegations against the kingdom and compared it to the accusations of sexual assault leveled against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

Under tremendous pressure from his own lawmakers and influential opinion makers in the U.S. to take action against Saudi Arabia as Khashoggi was feared killed inside the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Trump reiterated that he does not want to walk away from the Saudis.

A group of crime scene investigators investigating the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul after examining the premises on Wednesday, live footage from the scene showed.

"He has a reputation as a very hands-on manager", said Jon Alterman, the director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He noted that the crown prince has been directly involved in the implementation of reform policies and leads an ambitious effort to diversify the Saudi economy.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.

Now several news outlets - in Turkey and the U.S. - have reported the existence of audio tapes which they say prove this.

It reported that his torturers severed his fingers during an interrogation, and that Khashoggi was killed within minutes.

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Turkish officials say they fear Saudi agents killed and dismembered him.

Trump was defensive this week about the suggestion that his administration is trying to give the Saudis room to come up with a statement absolving Mohammed.

But such explanations would run up against a host of hard-to-explain obstacles.

"Remember that in the 75 years of this peculiar alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the two countries had many deeply serious, profound differences, over many subjects", the journalist pointed out. The presence of a forensic doctor who specializes in autopsies suggests the operation may have had a lethal intent from the start.

"Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him", Bachelet said. And I said, 'we're going to turn that down?

Turkish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential intelligence, have said that all 15 suspects are Saudi security officers, intelligence agents or government employees.

In the meantime, global leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance.

Saudi Arabia has pulled its $1 billion investment in Virgin Hyperloop One in response to the company joining droves of others who pulled out of the Kingdom's Future Investment Initiative - colloquially known as "Davos in the Desert" - following the disappearance and possible murder of a naturalized USA citizen and Washington Post columnist, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. One of the men-Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb-has traveled frequently with the crown prince, including on his recent trip to the United States.

It added that Mutreb was also photographed standing guard during Prince Mohammed's visits in the United States to Houston, Boston and the United Nations. A guard wearing a name tag with that name appears in a video from 2017 standing next to Mohammed bin Salman.