The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi has made a diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, a bipartisan uproar at the United States Congress, tremors of uncertainty in Wall Street and Silicon Valley about how to deal with Saudi Arabia, and
On Monday morning, President Trump said he had just discussed the case with King Salman who denied any knowledge of what had happened to Mr. Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the king. Later, in letter remarks to reporters, he said, "it sounded to me like it could have been rogue killers ̵
Saudi Arabia confirms suspicions that Mr. Khashoggi was killed, it would propose that rogue elements act on their own.
Saudi Arabia would open its consulate to a search by investigators from both countries – something the kingdom has promised.
The furor over Mr. Khashoggi, who has recently arrived at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, has Mohammed bin Salman severely damaged his image in the West of Prince. The crown prince, 33, has worked hard to portray himself as a reformer to open up the kingdom's culture and economy, but Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance is undermining Prince Mohammed's efforts to lure technology companies and Wall Street investors to help with Saudi Arabia
The complex, confusing case raises a range of important questions, some with ready answers and some without:
Why is Washington reacting so strongly to this disappearance?
He had worked in the Saudi embassies in Washington and London, and therefore had worked for Saudi intelligence ,
His independent streak and empathy for the Western Perspective, he established himself as a child of unofficial spokesman for the royal family.
Then came Mohammed bin Salman, who became crowned unrivaled control over the levers of power within the kingdom.
After that Mr. Khashoggi felt there was no longer room in Saudi Arabia for his relative modest degree of independence. He relocated to Virginia, became a columnist for The Washington Post, and reinvented himself as the crown prince's most prominent critic in the West.
When Mr. Khashoggi was last seen in public?
Under the strain of his voluntary exile from Saudi Arabia, his marriage had ended in a divorce, and he had since become engaged to a Turkish woman. Mr. Khashoggi needed certification from the Saudi authorities of his divorce so that he could remarry in Turkey;
The Turkish Authorities have released video footage of him walking in the consulate. The Saudis, while insisting that he left the consulate safely, have not offered any evidence.
Mr. Khashoggi's fiancée waited for him outside the consulate for hours.
What did Prince Mohammed get to kill Mr. Khashoggi?
If Mr. Khashoggi was killed or abducted by Saudi operatives, Prince Mohammed would have to have authorized the plan, experts on the kingdom's internal workings say.
The prince has been jailed. Mr. Khashoggi's
Since Mr. Khashoggi disappeared, it has become clear that he had close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, an international Islamist movement that in
Until recently, Saudi Arabia welcomed members of the Muslim Brotherhood fleeing persecution into other Arab states, especially Egypt , Saudi Arabia declared the group a terrorist organization.
United States intelligence agencies had reportedly intercepted Saudi communications on the possible abduction of Mr. Khashoggi at the time request of the crown prince, according to a senior former American official. Mr. Khashoggi's visit to the consulate.
Did Saudi agents abduct or kill Mr. Khashoggi?
This is where the mystery begins. Turkish officials, on the condition of their anonymity, have said that they have ordered the Saudi leadership.
The day Mr. Khashoggi disappeared, 15 Saudi agents flew into Istanbul on two private jets chartered by a company close to the crown and the Saudi Interior Ministry, the Turks say. The agents waited for Mr. Khashoggi inside the consulate and killed him within a few hours of his arrival, the Turkish officials contend.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a personal friend of Mr. Khashoggi's, has just demanded an explanation from the Saudis but has not
Prince Mohammed and other Saudi officials have denied any knowledge of Mr Khashoggi's whereabouts.
If Turkey has evidence, why does not it show it? 19659025] This is where the mystery veers from criminal investigation to international intrigue.
It is therefore unclear whether or not the United States or Britain has any evidence of its existence.
Turkish intelligence often cooperates closely with Western intelligence agencies, and the Turks could presumably share their evidence with those partners without exposing their sources. Mr. Khashoggi's fate.
Experts have pointed to another, more cynical possible explanation for Turkey's reticence about releasing evidence: It may quietly seek some kind of deal with Saudi Arabia.
Turkey and Saudi Arabia are regional rivals on opposite sides of an ideological feud over Brotherhood-style political Islam.
Laboring under an economic crisis brought on by excessive borrowing, turkey can ill afford a long-running conflict with a wealthy trading partner like Saudi Arabia.
Many analysts with experience in the region speculate that the Saudi royal court could kill Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance or death on a " rogue
Whose side is trumps.
Whose side is Trump
President Trump has given mixed signals about his interest in the Khashoggi case.
On the one hand, he has pointedly noted that Mr. Khashoggi was not a United States citizen and that his disappearance occurred far from American soil. He has also repeatedly ruled out the sale of Saudi Arabia.
On the other hand Mr. Trump vowed over the weekend that it would be "severe punishment Mr. Khashoggi
That threat drew an extra pushback from the Saudis. If Saudi Arabia "receives any action, it wants to respond with greater action," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing the oil-rich kingdom's "influential and vital role in the global economy."
saudi arabia "affirms its total The possibility of a rift between Mr Trump and Prince Mohammed over Mr Khashoggi is remarkable because the Trump administration has embraced Saudi Arabia as its premier Arab ally. Mr. Trump's son-in-law and Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, 37, has grown especially close to Prince Mohammed, a near-contemporary in age.