The murder of a Saudi journalist has generated a diplomatic scandal between the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey
The diplomatic clash between the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey over the death of a Saudi journalist is the headline that occupies the majority of international newspapers. On October 2, journalist Jamal Khashoggi was seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. After this episode, the journalist was reported as missing and later killed.
El caso del periodista saudí crítico desaparecido en Estambul lo investigará "en todas sus facetas" un grupo de trabajo común para esclarecerlo. (eal) https://t.co/eQJqE9gS1h— DW Español (@dw_espanol) 11 de octubre de 2018
According to France 24, disinformation and the lack of honesty of Saudi Arabia in this case led US President Donald Trump to announce harsh sanctions against the kingdom if the facts are not clarified. A few days ago, King Salmán bin Abdulaziz denied all the accusations against him, claiming that Jamal's murder was not organized by his government.
He even insinuated that the journalist took the decision to end his life. However, it was not what happened. In addition, as reported by the same media, the top ruler of the Saudi people said he was not scared by the threats from Washington. He also stated that any retaliation would have an appropriate response, but only Trump's threats could affect the actions of the kingdom by 7% in recent days.
On Tuesday, October 16, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, arrived in Riyadh after being sent as a matter of urgency by President Trump. This for the sole purpose of listening to the Middle East government, according to information provided by El Periódico.
Today, I was in #SaudiArabia where I met with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Foreign Minister al-Jubeir. We had direct and candid conversations. Wednesday, I fly to Ankara to meet with Turkish officials. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/99fU8gxPEw— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 16 de octubre de 2018
Also, several international agencies have claimed that the Saudi king will take responsibility for the murder of the journalist in the coming days. However, all this information opens several questions. What happened in the last hours of Jamal Khashoggi's life? Why was he killed? Why is the United States interested? Does the government of Turkey have anything to do with this case?
The last hours of Jamal Khashoggi
On October 16, the British newspaper Daily Mail clarified what happened to Khashoggi. An anonymous source told the European media that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and subsequently dismembered inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey. How do we know for sure what happened?
According to the same source, the journalist had an Apple Watch with which he could record how he was dragged into the Consulate without his authorization and subsequently tortured.
"According to the anonymous source, the recording revealed that Khashoggi was dragged from the Consulate General to a table where he was surgically dismembered." Now, what is the relationship of Turkey in this case?
Some sources like Euronews have assured that the hypothesis of the smart watch is not entirely correct, for which the most certain thing is that the government of Turkey had intercepted the Saudi consulate in secret.
However, while the murder was an extrajudicial execution, this does not explain why there is so much interest on the part of the United States in the case. The simplest answer to this question is that the named journalist had dual nationality, Saudi and American. He was also a columnist for the Washington Post and a fervent critic of Prince Bin Abdulaziz's regime, as the Daily Mail reported.
LatinAmerican Post | Miguel Díaz
Translated from "El escalofriante caso del periodista saudí asesinado en Turquía"
Listen this article