National Directorate issues a report on Jamal Khashoggi while Saudi officials refuse it

The National Directorate of Intelligence of the US issued a detailed report on the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi outspoken journalist turned writer who was murdered in Turkey in 2018. The journalist entered the consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on an appointment and never came back. Since his disappearance, there were hundreds of rumors for and against the Saudi government as it was involved directly or indirectly in the disappearance of Khashoggi.

The report defines the details of how the murder could happen and how the Saudi government carried out one of the most secret operations abroad to make an outspoken person silent forever. The report uncovers the details of the happening and makes Saudi officials answerable for the assassination of Khashoggi.

Jamal Khashoggi booked an appointment before his visit and entered the consulate of Saudi Arabia on 2nd Oct 2018. The CCTV camera footage shows how he left his vehicle and entered the consulate but never came out of the building. Right after 5 hours of his missing his wife called on the police and blamed the Saudi officials for the disappearance of her husband.

Jamal Khashoggi captured on CCTV camera
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The Turkish police had no permission to enter the consulate building as it turns to be the diplomatic mission and police or other state departments need extraordinary grounds to enter the building, this became one of the main reasons that the journalist went missing. After months of speculations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and with the pressure of the international community the Government of Saudi Arabia opened its consulate’s doors for Turkish agencies to carry a search operation.

“This human rights inquiry into the killing of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi was launched in January 2019,” according to the article. In late January, he traveled to Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara), followed by stops in Washington, Ottawa, Paris, London, and Berlin. A second trip to Istanbul was made, as well as meetings in New York, Geneva, and Brussels. A country visit to Saudi Arabia was requested by the Special Rapporteur, but no response was received. The Saudi authorities agreed to respond to her joint communication with clear questions regarding Mr. Khashoggi's death by May 30.”

The Saudi government officials refused the report quoting it “A one-sided story of the matter and a story to defame our great nation and country”

The full matter of the report can be read by clicking here.

Dan Blake
The Gawker Contributor since 2020
New York