Erdogan says Khashoggi recordings appalling, shocked Saudi intelligence
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 14, 2018,
Nov 14, 2018, 1:27
The same person also told the person on the other end of the line to "tell your boss", a reference intelligence officials believe is the strongest evidence yet linking de facto Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Khashoggi's murder, according to the Times.
His comments came as The New York Times reported that a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to "tell your boss" - believed to be Prince Mohammed - that the mission had been accomplished.
Turkish officials have said that the audio does not conclusively implicate Crown Prince Mohammed, and USA intelligence and other government officials have cautioned that however compelling the recording may be, it is still not irrefutable evidence of his involvement in the death of Khashoggi.
Asked about the recordings, Hunt declined to comment on intelligence matters but said: "My understanding of what actually happened is not dissimilar to what I've been reading about in the newspapers".
Britain and the United States are also increasing their involvement in the case, with Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey last month for information on the investigation, reported to have heard the audio recordings of the killing.
A source at Turkish attorney general's office Saudi authorities had used acid and other chemicals to dispose of the slain journalist's body.
Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist of Saudi origin, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consular premises in the Turkish city of Istanbul to obtain papers he needed in order to remarry.
Mr Trudeau said he had not personally listened to the tapes, but said he had been speaking with the Turkish President.
The call occurred shortly after Khashoggi was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
"And certainly that is not the position of the Saudi government", he said in Singapore.
"I can tell you that there has been an exchange of intelligence service information on that", Seibert was quoted as saying at a news conference Monday, without going into detail. U.S. President Donald Trump and Erdogan have discussed how to respond to the killing.
Saudi officials characterize the killing as a rogue operation carried out by Saudi agents who exceeded their authority.
After two weeks of denials that Riyadh had anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance, the kingdom eventually admitted he had died in a fight, before changing its story again to say the Turkish investigation's findings indicate his killing was premeditated.
The journalist's killing has received widespread condemnation, including from Trudeau himself, but Trudeau didn't say how the recordings have affected his thoughts on repercussions for the Saudis.