Friday, October 19, 2018

Breaking: Saudi Arabia Confirms Khashoggi Dead After Consulate Melee

A few news items


"Saudi Arabia has said the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after visiting the country’s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, is dead.
The news, which cited preliminary findings from an official investigation, was announced on state television on Friday. It said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate, leading to the death of the reporter.
It was also announced that Gen Ahmed al-Asiri, an intelligence chief linked to the case, had been dismissed. Eighteen Saudi nationals were said to have been arrested"
 Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the country's state TV reported quoting an initial probe.
It said deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were dismissed over the affair.
The news bulletin said 18 Saudi nationals have now been detained as part of the continuing probe.
This is the first time the kingdom has admitted Mr Khashoggi has died.
Saudi King Salman has also reportedly ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed, to restructure the intelligence services.

Saudi Arabia says journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after 'fist-fight' at consulate
Early findings from a Saudi investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi confirm he is dead. A high-level intelligence official has been fired and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested.
The preliminary results of a Saudi investigation into missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi confirm that he died at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.
Khashoggi died following a "fist-fight" at the consulate, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
"The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul ... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death," SPA reported, citing the public prosecutor.
"The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested," a statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said, adding that royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri have been sacked from their positions.
From earlier this week:
But that could change! Or not.


  1. We are living in an era of agreed/imposed narratives. This news results from a process of negotiation.

    1. I agree 100 percent with both of your above statements!


    Why is mbl brother not coming back to the us ambassador spot?

    1. Saudi royal family 'discussing succession' over Khashoggi crisis. The source said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent to Riyadh this week as part of a plan for the Trump administration to involve itself in discussions over any potential change in the line of succession.

      "The royal family will not side with anyone else. They will stick together for two reasons. Firstly, the family believe that MBS will be king so that they will have to stay on his good side. Secondly, if they start an internal conflict, the whole country will collapse and none of the members of the royal family will want this," the dissident said.

      ruce Riedel, a fellow at the Brookings Institute and former CIA analyst, told MEE that the Trump administration would not break from MBS due to his closeness to Jared Kushner, Trump’s Middle East envoy and son-in-law, despite misgivings within the State Department.

      so what of the Palestinians...
      Palestinians should 'shut up' or make peace, Saudi crown prince told

    2. Economic summit saved

    3. thanks for the links- oh good that the economic summit is saved- must make the predator class very happy.

    4. Note: Hideout "MBS" affiliate fall guy runs the alleged war crime ridden Yemen op. ongoing evac since the 2016 "pullout" .

      Ahmed Assiri, Saud al-Qahtani relieved of their posts

      Saudi Arabia Caught The Algerian Disease

      Oct 27 Syria summit.


      if everyone is so scared of being on MBS bad side in succession talks per Brookings Reidel...Why is MBS hiding on his yacht? Someone is wrong.

    6. anonymous: if we go back to the assassination attempt against MBS...

      could that be why he is hiding out on the yacht?

      see I'm torn about if he survived, what condition is he actually in??

      and thanks for the other information, previous post- I'd missed it completely!

    7. Doubtful iran holds out its hand after the Revolutionary Guard head Soleimani comments. What do they know? And who is Fidan working with?

  3. Why would it take 18 people to slice up Khashoggi? As far as I'm concerned, this could still be a kind of witness protection scheme so that Khashoggi could go home without blowing his US cover as a dissident.

    Penny, did you notice that at least one of the "killers" was a trained hacker who installed surveillance software on phones and monitored the calls. Shades of Omar Abdulaziz's phone that was reportedly examined by Toronto U's "Citizen Lab" after Omar had talks with Khashoggi.

    1. Yaya:

      "As far as I'm concerned, this could still be a kind of witness protection scheme so that Khashoggi could go home without blowing his US cover as a dissident"

      Gotta tell ya Yaya.. I don't think he's dead. Never did.
      But that can't be substantiated in any way shape or form. It's just what seems most realistic given who Khashoggi is

    2. Can't believe this came from CNN, but they are reporting serious skepticism among some high rankers in the US that the Saudi story is true.

    3. Yaya: Gosh those people must be "conspiracy" theorists
      Questioning the officially presented narrative?

      I'd say their tin foil hats are to tight..

      (Yes, I'm being completely facetious in employing
      conspiracy theorist and tin foil hat terminology- that's the accusation that would be leveled against Yaya, Greencrow, Myself and any others that question official narratives..)

  4. I doubt very much there was a "fistfight". The entities involved are much too cowardly to have a physical fight. The "torture" narrative sounded much more credible.

    1. Greencrow: I doubt there was a fistfight. And doubt there was torture. IMO this was a calculated plan.