Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has provided a recording of the alleged murder of Saudi journalist in self-imposed exile Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, Germany, and the United States, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. Khashoggi, a frequent critic of Saudi Arabia’s ruling monarchy and the kingdom’s de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing in October 2018 after entering the facility to secure documents for an upcoming marriage. It quickly became clear that he was murdered inside by agents of the Saudi security state, and a stream of leaks from Turkish officials concerning the alleged recording appears to have been crucial in getting the Saudis to admit that he was indeed killed. Saudi officials claim the murder of Khashoggi was unsanctioned, something that blows past the boundaries of plausibility, and have detained 18 suspects. Per the Post: “We gave it to Saudi Arabia,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at Ankara airport before departing for Paris for commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. “We gave it to America. To the Germans, French, English, we gave it to all of them.” It was the first time that Erdogan has publicly acknowledged the existence of audio recording that Turkish officials say backs the assertion that Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post World Opinions section, was killed by a 15-member Saudi hit team after he entered the consulate on Oct. 2…. [Read full story]
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