Friend of disappeared journalist Khashoggi says Saudi Arabia likely took Trump’s anti-media rhetoric to heart
Khaled Saffuri, a friend of missing Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said the Saudi regime likely killed him.
Saffuri said that the Saudis likely thought: “Trump hates journalists, and he would not react if we killed one journalist.”
Trump has expressed his concern over the Khashoggi case but said he would not halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over it.
Saffuri’s remarks came as Turkey claimed to have audio and video footage of Khashoggi being killed during his visit to the Saudi consulate.
A close friend of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi critic and journalist who went missing under his country’s watch last week, said that his friend was likely killed because Saudi Arabia’s leadership was encouraged by Donald Trump’s anti-media rhetoric.
Khaled Saffuri, a Washington, DC-based political analyst, told the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” this week that the Saudi leadership was likely angered by his friend’s critical columns in The Washington Post, and killed him for it.
Khashoggi, 59, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and has not been seen since.
In the podcast episode, which came out on Friday, Saffuri said that Trump’s “rhetoric against journalists probably encouraged the Saudis to” kill Khashoggi.
Saffuri added that the Saudi leadership likely thought: “Trump hates journalists, and he would not react if we killed one journalist.”
You can hear him discuss all this from the 18:05 mark in this link.
The remarks came as Turkey claimed to have audio and video footage of Khashoggi being killed during his visit to the Saudi consulate.
A Washington Post report published on Thursday cited multiple unnamed Turkish and US officials, including one the Post said described audio indicating that a team of Saudis “interrogated, tortured, and then murdered” Khashoggi. The officials also reportedly said that Khashoggi’s body was dismembered after his death.
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Source:: Business Insider