Crown prince reportedly planned to lure missing journalist to Saudi Arabia
KATE FELDMANContact ReporterNEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggiâs disappearance may have been orchestrated by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia himself.
Mohammed bin Salman was behind attempts to lure Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan. Among the efforts were senior Saudi officials âclose to the crown princeâ who offered protection and a government job if he came home.
Khashoggi, who went missing more than a week ago and was last seen entering the consulate general in Istanbul, was reportedly wary of the niceties.
âHe said: âAre you kidding? I donât trust them one bit,ââ Khaled Saffur i, an Arab American political activist, told WaPo about his conversation with Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was last seen at 1:14 p.m. local time on Oct. 2, entering the consulate. He has not been since, and Turkish officials say there is no video surveillance footage that shows him leaving.
Unconfirmed reports citing Turkish investigators say Khashoggi may have been killed soon after entering the building, then dismembered and disposed of by an elite Saudi security team.
Saudi Arabian officials have denied any involvement and claim that Khashoggi left the consulate of his own volition.
President Trump has remained mostly quiet about Khashoggiâs disappearance.
"It's a very bad situation and we're going to get to the bottom of it," he told reporters Wednesday.
He previously said he was âconcernedâ about the situation and hopes âthat will sort itself out.â
On Tuesday, Khashoggiâs fiancÃ ©e, Hatice Cengzi, published a heartbreaking open letter begging the President to intervene.
"I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance," she wrote. "Jamal is a valuable person, an exemplary thinker and a courageous man who has been fighting for his principles. I don't know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey.âCopyright Â© 2018, The San Diego Union-Tribune
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