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I have no interest in that at all. How has Blair achieved this extreme level of opulence? Immediately after leaving office — perhaps following the lead of his close friends the Clintons — Blair took advantage of every lucrative opportunity he could while setting up an intersecting network of private organizations that have helped further enrich him, and whose structure shields his earnings from public scrutiny.
The following year he set up another charity, the Africa Governance Initiative, whose goal was to promote development and fight poverty in African nations. And he set up Tony Blair Associates, an umbrella organization that encompasses these various projects. In the latter case, Blair provided most of his services over the phone, or, as needed, jetting to parts of the world where the bank had interests.
His work with JP Morgan was particularly controversial as the bank was set to profit from the war Blair had started in Iraq. Blair eventually decided to donate the advance and all royalties to a charity for injured soldiers. Lest one think this was an act of contrition, Blair has always insisted the war was the right course of action, saying on two separate occasions that he still would have launched it knowing what he knows now.
The waiting list was two years long. Why were companies and organizations clamoring to lavish Blair with money? Perhaps for such sage nuggets of wisdom as:.
Blair insisted his pursuit of money was rooted in more worthy motives. Both of its two highest paid staff earned more than the chief executive of Oxfam. Blair received numerous awards for his philanthropic ventures. But not everyone was happy about it. At the same time Blair was financially entangling himself through his charities and private advisory roles, he was also engaging in high-profile work allegedly in the public interest.
Though some at the time suggested Blair may not be the best fit for the role of Middle East mediator — after all, he had helped orchestrate and launch a war in the Middle East on false premises that killed hundreds of thousands and destabilized the entire region — the Bush administration insisted on choosing him. For office space, he and his staff rented out ten rooms, indefinitely, at the luxury American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem.
Blair later relocated to a less expensive building in East Jerusalem. His first scheduled trip was called off due to a security threat. Perhaps he was distracted: Blair, however, was more reticent. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "deeply concerned" by Erdogan's description of the murder as "pre-meditated". In a statement released by his office, Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Saudi's response to the killing of Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul "serves the path of justice and the disclosure of the whole truth".
Hariri, who has struggled to form a cabinet after being elected for a third term as leader in May, is a long-term ally of Riyadh. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will expose what he has said is the "naked truth" about Khashoggi's murder on Tuesday. Turkish media have reported Khashoggi was killed and dismembered based on recordings from the consulate.
They say he died at the hands of a member assassination squad from Saudi Arabia. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkish investigators have carried out a "sensitive and comprehensive" investigation. Turkey is taking necessary steps to unveil the incident under international and national law," Kalin said.
The stance of our president is very clear since the beginning. Nothing will remain hidden regarding this incident. Abdulkadir Selvi, whose Hurriyet newspaper columns are closely watched for indications of Erdogan's thinking in Turkey, wrote Khashoggi was slowly strangled to death before a Saudi forensic specialist cut his body into 15 pieces while listening to music.
But now it seems he wants to reveal details to the world. Analysts say Erdogan has preferred to authorise the leak of incriminating information to pro-government media to put pressure on the kingdom. He has twice held telephone talks with Saudi King Salman on the crisis, interpreted by some as sidelining the ageing monarch's powerful son MBS. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara is ready to cooperate with any investigation set up by the UN or another international body to examine the killing of Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi.
In a televised interview with Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency, Cavusoglu praised Saudi Arabia's admittance of Khashoggi's killing as "important" and said Riyadh was "more open to cooperation" with Ankara over the case concerning his death following a phone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi's King Salman. Turkey has not shared evidence on the case with any country but may have held meetings with foreign intelligence services, Cavusoglu added.
On Sunday, Mnuchin said Saudi's explanation of the killing of Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul was a "good first step but not enough". Mnuchin, who is on a diplomatic tour of the Middle East, also said it was premature to discuss sanctions over the case. Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said the kingdom was committed to a "comprehensive investigation" into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
All those responsible for the journalist's death would be detained, the minister told a news conference in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi government, disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents for his marriage.
After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia admitted last week that the dissident journalist was killed in a "fist-fight" in the consulate, an explanation that drew scepticism from several Western governments. Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative conference, widely dubbed 'Davos in the desert', has kicked off in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. Several business leaders and high-profile political figures have boycotted the three-day event over the killing of Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi's Istanbul consulate on October 2.
Saudi Arabia's powerful MBS, who is under intense scrutiny over the killing, is expected to attend, however. The event is aimed at attracting foreign investment to the kingdom, which is largely dependent on oil revenues. Trump said he had talked on the phone with both Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and more details about what happened would be known within a day or two. Earlier the American president told reporters at the White House he's "not satisfied with what I've heard" from the Saudis.
Trump's comments have varied from playing down Riyadh's role to warning of possible economic sanctions. He has repeatedly highlighted the kingdom's importance as a US ally, and said bin Salman was a strong and passionate leader.
There are "many other" potential penalties, he told the newspaper. Gina Haspel, director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, is flying to Turkey to work on the probe into Khashoggi's killing, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters news agency.
We will know very soon what happened to Khashoggi," Trump said. Her visit comes as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepares to announce the initial findings of Ankara's investigation on Tuesday. Exactly three weeks after Khashoggi disappeared, US and European security agencies still have an incomplete picture of what happened at the Saudi consulate. Six US and Western officials told Reuters they believed MBS was ultimately responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance because of his role overseeing the Saudi security apparatus - but they lacked hard proof.
Saudi Arabia's prominent investment conference, widely dubbed 'Davos in the Desert', is set to kick off in the capital Riyadh, though it's been overshadowed by Khashoggi's killing. The summit is scheduled to begin at 8am It is aimed at weaning the kingdom off oil revenues and fostering an economy powered by private investments.
Total's chief executive said he would attend despite rising pressure on business leaders to drop out. The French oil major's decision comes despite President Emmanuel Macron's decision last week to pull his finance minister out of the conference.
Reuters news agency has reported that Saud al-Qahtani, a former royal court media adviser and top aide to MBS, orchestrated Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after being beamed into a room of the building via Skype. Al-Qahtani was fired on Saturday during Riyadh's efforts to contain the fallout over Khashoggi's killing.
Khashoggi answered Qahtani's insults with his own, the sources told Reuters. But he was no match for a man hit team, which included top security and intelligence operatives, some with direct links to the royal court, Reuters said. A Turkish intelligence source relayed that at one point Qahtani told his men to dispose of Khashoggi. It is not clear if Qahtani watched the entire proceedings, which the high-ranking Arab source described as a "bungled and botched operation".
The Reuters report came as a Turkish source told Al Jazeera that the Saudi death-squad filmed the killing and dismembering of Khashoggi in full.
The Arab source and the Turkish intelligence source told Reuters the audio of the Skype call is now in the possession of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who is refusing to release it to the US. Al-Qahtani's ties to the crown prince are widely known - he once said he would never do anything without the approval of his boss. I am an employee and a faithful executor of the orders of my lord the king and my lord the faithful crown prince," Qahtani wrote on Twitter last summer.
He said the federation is a sports union which is non-governmental and works under the umbrella of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee. Previously, he identified himself as an adviser at the Saudi royal court with the rank of minister, and supervisor of media studies and affairs. Trump said there is " no reason" for a one-month delay into Saudi Arabia's investigation into the killing of the Washington Post columnist.
The US official said on Sunday he would not attend a major investment conference to be hosted in Riyadh this week, and that his visit was to hold talks on joint efforts toward countering terrorist financing and curbing Iran's military and political influence.
The Saudi crown prince and Mnuchin "stressed the importance of strategic partnership and the future role of this partnership through Vision ", the Saudi TV said on Twitter, referring to the kingdom's long-term development plan.
John Bolton, the US national security adviser, has said Washington wants to know all the details surrounding Khashoggi's killing, adding that discussions with Saudi authorities on the case are ongoing. We want to get the full lowdown on this process. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad described Khashoggi's killing as "terrible cruelty" and unacceptable.
Malaysia, he said , does not support the killing of government critics. I used to be hated by many, and if we have the same system like the Saudi Arabia's, I probably won't be here talking to you today. Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said he was "deeply concerned" about the killing after he met Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at the presidential palace.
A report by French publication L'Express has said that a judge in Paris will investigate a legal complaint against MBS over possible human rights abuses in Yemen. L'Express said the allegations against MBS include "complicity in torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment [of Yemenis]". Campaigners have accused MBS, who also serves as defence minister, of being the "chief architect" of the Yemen war, which has led to what the UN has described as the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Turkish police have found an abandoned car belonging to the Saudi consulate at an underground car park in Istanbul, three weeks after Khashoggi's killing at the kingdom's mission in the city. The car, which had diplomatic number plates, was found in an underground car park in the city's Sultangazi district, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency and TRT World channel.
Registration documents showed that the vehicle belonged to the consulate, they added. Police have asked prosecutors and the Saudi consulate for permission to search the vehicle. Police cordoned off access to the car park, where large numbers of media gathered, an AFP news agency photographer said. Turkish police found a Saudi consulate car missing since the journalist disappeared [Al Jazeera screengrab]. The truth will come out. Those responsible will be punished, something like this will not cross anybody's mind any more," said Omer Celik, spokesperson for the Justice and Development Party AK Party.
Celik was referring to surveillance footage aired by CNN showing a man dressed as Khashoggi walking around Istanbul after he vanished in an apparent attempt at deception. Yasin Aktay, o ne of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's advisers, meanwhile wrote in the Yeni Safak daily that the Saudi version given so far "feels like our intelligence is being mocked". Erdogan has said he will release information about Turkey's investigation in a speech on Tuesday. The website of the Saudi investment conference set to open in Riyadh this week appears to have been hacked.
The Future Investment Initiative, hosted by MBS and nicknamed "Davos in the Desert", was intended to showcase the kingdom's economic reforms, but several big-name investors and companies have withdrawn in the outcry over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Twitter users meanwhile posted screen grabs of the conference's homepage showing the crown prince standing over a kneeling Khashoggi with a flaming sword. Jamal Khashoggi killing - Is Saudi Arabia too toxic for investors? Newly leaked surveillance footage appears to show a man walking around Istanbul wearing Khashoggi's clothes after his murder.
CNN aired the footage on Monday, citing a Turkish official as describing the man as a "body double" and a member of a man Saudi team sent to Istanbul to target the writer. He was identified as Mustafa al-Madani. CNN says the man walked out of the consulate via its back exit with an accomplice, then took a taxi to Istanbul's famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque, where he went into a public toilet, changed back out of the clothes and left.
Khashoggi said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would not succumb to the prince's pressure to accept a peace plan by the Trump administration because of the popular anger he would face. He also dismissed suggestions that Saudi Arabia before was a better-run state than it is now. The Saudi crown prince has promised to reduce the influence of religious leaders in the country, which he says increased after the Iranian Revolution in Maher Abdulaziz Mutrib is reported to have been seen carrying a large bag, which was not checked as he bypassed security checks through a VIP lounge at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.
Five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are giving statements as witnesses in the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Monday. Last week, 20 consulate workers gave statements to prosecutors in relation to the incident, NTV had reported previously.
Trudeau, speaking on French-language talk show, Tout Le Monde En Parle - recorded Thursday before Riyadh confirmed Khashoggi's death at its Istanbul consulate - insisted Canada would "always defend human rights, including with Saudi Arabia". Canadian regulations for the sale of military equipment include restrictions related to human rights violations and stipulations that military hardware cannot be used against civilians. After Canada criticised the Saudi arrest of human rights activists, the kingdom retaliated by expelling the Canadian ambassador, recalling its own envoy to Ottawa and freezing trade and investment between the two countries.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a "transparent and thorough" investigation into the death of journalist Khashoggi at a meeting on Monday with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Saudi crown prince called presidential adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner on October 10, eight days after Khashoggi went missing. Saudi Arabia has said Khashoggi, 59, died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate - after two weeks of denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance. Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report said.
This is a terrible tragedy. Our condolences go out to them. We feel their pain," al-Jubeir told US broadcaster, Fox. Anadolu added the two leaders also discussed American pastor Andrew Brunson, cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the roadmap on Syria's Manbij. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended his decision to visit Saudi Arabia later this month despite the continuing turmoil following Khashoggi's killing. Last week, Mnuchin announced he would not attend a major economic conference in Riyadh after talks with President Trump about the assassination.
But speaking during a stop in Jerusalem, Mnuchin said the US's strategic and economic relationship with the Saudis was too important to be put in jeopardy over Khashoggi's murder.
Many corporate heavyweights and prominent politicians have pulled out over Khashoggi's murder. The Istanbul governor's office put Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national who was expected to marry Khashoggi later this month under hour police protection, Anadolu said. Authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what prompted the decision to give her a security detail. Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that "I agree with all those who say that the already limited arms exports Her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, had already said on Saturday that he currently saw "no basis for decisions in favour of arms exports to Saudi Arabia".
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has defended the kingdom's narrative of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, saying it was comparable to the way the US government responsed to a CBS expose on the use of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Adel Al-Jubeir told FOX News that the reason it took the kingdom 18 days to confirm Khashoggi's killing was because Saudi authorities didn't "want to put out speculation or hearsay or gossip". You don't want to put out speculation or hearsay or gossip.
These things take time. You may want to look back at the issue of Abu Ghraib and the timeline between when the incidents were discovered and when the US government came out with its initial report of what happened. These things take time and you want to be careful. There was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to cover it up.
There were pictures of some security officers who may have been part of his security detail from time to time but this is normal. People who deal in security details rotate among different officials both domestic and foreign, so having somebody in a picture does not imply they are close - not at all - the Crown Prince has denied this.
Even the senior leadership of our intelligence service was not aware of this. This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had, and they made a mistake by killing Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover-up for it. When asked whether Khashoggi's body was dismembered, Jubeir said the kingdom was "working" on finding this out with its Turkish counterparts.
Turkish media reports have released information detailing a member team that purportedly arrived in Istanbul to confront Khashoggi at the consulate. In addition to receiving statements from those present when Khashoggi was killed on October 2, investigators have also questioned 25 staff members who work at the consulate, the source said. The UK, France and Germany have issued a joint statement condemning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, saying there was an "urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the governments said "nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. They said the "hypotheses" proposed so far in the Saudi investigation need to be backed by facts to be considered credible. Corker told CNN's "State of the Union" that Saudi Arabia had "lost all credibility as it relates to explaining what has happened," and that based on his briefings he believed MBS directed the killing of the Washington Post columnist.
In the interview, Corker also criticised MBS's supposed anti-corruption drive when more than powerful Saudis were arrested last November, and the blockade placed on Saudi Arabia's Gulf neighbour Qatar. Tortured many of them.
He has made some mistakes and obviously if he had gone forth and murdered this journalist, he's now crossed the line, and there needs to be a punishment and a price payed for that. Yes, I think he did it. Nobody has told me he's not responsible. We haven't reached that point. I haven't heard either way," Trump said. Disclosing facts to the public and bringing those responsible to justice is important in this regard," it said.
A Saudi official has told the Reuters news agency that the team of 15 Saudis who were sent to confront Khashoggi on October 2 killed him in a chokehold after "overstepping" their orders. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the team tried to intimidate Khashoggi but when the year-old raised his voice, the team panicked.
Asked if the team had smothered Khashoggi, the official said: A member of the man-team then dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate, the official added.
Britain says Saudi Arabia's explanation for how Jamal Khashoggi died inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul is not credible. The UK joins a growing list of countries to pour cold water on Saudi Arabia's latest official attempt to explain the Washington Post columnist's disappearance. Canada has also cast doubt and German leader Angela Merkel has called the official Saudi explanation "inadequate".
A report in the Wall Street Journal WSJ citing two unnamed members of the Saudi royal family says a Saudi emissary sent to Ankara by King Salman heard an audio recording that dispels the official Saudi explanation that Khashoggi was killed in a brawl. Prince Khalid al-Faisal allegedly had access to evidence that the journalist was "drugged, killed, and dismembered" shortly after entering the consulate, the report says. This account also contradicts the story offered in the previous post, in which an unnamed Saudi official told Reuters that Khashoggi's body had not been cut up.
Prince Khalid al Faisal, an envoy of King Salman, has access to audio that shows Khashoggi was drugged, killed and dismembered within minutes of entering the consulate—not after a fist fight. As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying international scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that in key respects contradicts previous explanations.
The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi on October 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted. A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate.
Turkish officials suspect the body of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of MBS, was cut up but the Saudi official said it was rolled up in a rug and given to a "local cooperator" for disposal.
Asked about allegations that Khashoggi had been tortured and beheaded, he said preliminary results of the investigation did not suggest that. The official presented what he said were internal intelligence documents which appeared to show the initiative to bring back dissidents as well as the specific one involving Khashoggi.
He also showed testimony from those involved in what he described as the man team's cover-up, and the initial results of an internal probe. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freedland has condemned the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and offered her "sincere condolences" to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and his family.
The Washington Post has refused to accept Saudi Arabia's explanation for the killing of Khashoggi, who was one of the paper's columnists, accusing the kingdom of lying and carrying out a cover-up. This is not an explanation; it is a cover-up. The Saudis cannot be allowed to fabricate a face-saving solution to an atrocity that appears to have been directed by the highest levels of their government. US President Trump has said questions remain unanswered over Khashoggi's killing following Saudi Arabia's admission that the journalist died in a "fist-fight" inside its consulate.
Asked during a trip to Nevada if he was satisfied that Saudi officials had been fired over Khashoggi's death, Trump said: But it was a big first step, it was a good first step. But I want to get answers. But Trump warned against halting a Saudi arms deal, saying it would hurt American jobs, despite the international furor over the death in the conservative kingdom's Istanbul consulate of a dissident journalist. That hurts us far more than it hurts them," he added, noting Riyadh could obtain the weapons from other countries like China or Russia.
Riyadh has been a key ally of the US for decades and only grew closer under the Trump administration. A New York Times report on Saturday said Saudi authorities were making use of an "army of Twitter trolls" to silence critics, including Khashoggi.
In its report, titled Saudis "Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider", the daily claimed that authorities in Riyadh were conducting operations on Twitter to silence voices critical of the Saudi leadership and MBS in particular.
The report is based on interviews with seven people involved in those activities or "briefed on them; activists and experts who have studied them; and American and Saudi officials, along with messages seen by The New York Times that described the inner workings of the troll farm". Under the directive of the crown prince, "Saudi operatives have mobilized to harass critics on Twitter", which became especially popular since the Arab Spring uprisings in Khashoggi's killing, was the strategist behind the operation, according to United States and Saudi officials, as well as activist organisations," the report said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said his country condemned the killing of Khashoggi and called for a thorough investigation into the incident. Jamal Khashoggi's death is a first step toward the establishment of the truth. However, many questions remain unanswered," he added. Expressing deep sympathy to Khashoggi's friends and relatives, they said those responsible for his death must be held accountable.
Remembering Jamal Khashoggi - the prominent Saudi journalist whose year career came to an end when he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Nobody should ever doubt it," spokesperson Omer Celik was quoted as saying by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency. Turkish-Arab Media Association President Turan Kislakci said the group wants "true justice" for Khashoggi and the "authority that gave the orders" to kill the Saudi dissident punished. Amnesty International has called for an independent probe into Khashoggi's killing and demanded Saudi Arabia "immediately produce" his body so an autopsy can be performed by forensic experts " in accordance with international standards ".
Merkel said the "horrific events" had not been "cleared up", Bloomberg reported. How did he die? Saudi Arabia's allies in the Middle East rallied behind the kingdom over its response to the ongoing investigation into the killing of Saudi writer and critic Khashoggi.
Egypt praised Saudi's King Salman for taking "decisive" action over the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Khashoggi. On Saturday, Saudi state media reported that King Salman had ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, headed by MBS, to restructure the Kingdom's intelligence services.
The ministry offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said it was confident the ongoing probe into his death would reveal the truth.
Bahrain, meanwhile, said in an official statement that Saudi Arabia "will remain a state of justice, value and principles", the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV network reported. Saudi Arabia had no choice but to reveal preliminary results from an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder because of evidence gathered by Turkish officials, the head of human rights for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party AK Party said in a statement.
Further evidence will be released soon, Layla Sahin Usta said, as a Turkish-led probe into the year-old's fate remains ongoing against a backdrop of widespread skepticism over Saudi's version of events. On Saturday, Saudi state media reported Khashoggi was killed in a "fist-fight" with the Kingdom's officials inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. The announcement marked a U-turn from the Kingdom, which had previously denied the year-old died inside the building.
We are considering the Saudi report and our next steps," the statement said. The UK's main opposition Labour party has called on the governing Conservative Party to suspend arms sales to the kingdom. The Turks [may] have their own version of what happened in the consulate.
Former CIA intelligence officer Glenn Carle told Al Jazeera the "absurdity of the crumbling cover stories" would bring a smile to the face of anyone paying attention. The newest account, in which Khashoggi died during a fight with consulate officials, was right to draw ire, Carle said.
I don't think so. So the story is foolish. Carle said Trump's statements affirming that he believes the Saudi account of what happened were "stupid and offensive" but "characteristic". Here's how the world reacted to Saudi Arabia's announcement confirming Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Istanbul. Al-Asiri has served as an adviser to bin Salman, who promoted him to his intelligence position last year, and is considered to be one of MBS' closest aides.
He is "a key figure within the royal household, a very senior figure," Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reported from Istanbul, following the announcement. Saudi Arabia has been paying UK firms million of pounds to help improve the kingdom's image in recent years, a Guardian investigation found on Friday. Saudi Arabia's reputation has been hit hard in recent years due to its record on human rights and its role in the war in Yemen, but especially following the killing of Washington Post journalist Khashoggi.
Firms that have worked to boost Saudi Arabia's image include PR agency Freud's - which is now distancing itself from the kingdom; the London office of online publisher Vice which has been working on a series of films to promote Saudi Arabia; the Independent, which established a partnership with a Saudi publisher with close links to the Saudi government; and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
A Saudi publishing company that is signing partnerships with western media firms donated to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change in exchange for his advice for Saudi Arabia, the Guardian reported. US President Trump says he'd prefer "some form of sanction" on Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's death, but added that he wants to protect arms sale. US President Trump told reporters that he doesn't think the Saudi leadership lied to him when they denied Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
Trump said what happened to Khashoggi is "unacceptable", adding however, that he thinks Saudi Arabia's explanation was credible. Saudi Arabia's crown prince had no knowledge of the specific operation that resulted in the death of Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, a Saudi official familiar with the investigation told Reuters on Friday.
He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell people to come back," the source said, using the initials of MBS. The source said the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body were unclear after it was handed over to a "local cooperator" but there was no sign of it at the consulate. A high-ranking Democratic US congressman is expressing doubts about the credibility of Saudi Arabia's explanation that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fight inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Friday that Saudi Arabia's claim that he was "killed while brawling with a team of more than a dozen dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not credible". Schiff says that if Khashoggi was fighting inside the consulate, he was "fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him".
He says if Trump's Republican administration won't hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi's death, Congress will. The spokesman added that Guterres "stresses the need for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation" into the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi's death. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said on Twitter: Our united outrage clearly factored into the Saudi gov's calculated admission". The senator, who is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was part of a group of senators who triggered the Magnitsky Act earlier this month, which requires the US president to determine whether Khashoggi's rights were violated and whether to impose targeted sanctions.
The Global Magnitsky Act doesn't have exceptions for accidents. Even if Khashoggi died because of an altercation, that's no excuse for his murder. The White House acknowledged in a statement the Saudi announcement on the investigation of Khashoggi's death. Khashoggi's death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiance and friends," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. She added that the US will continue to closely follow the international investigations into the incident and "advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".
Tony Blair ON THE SPOT as Saudi funding questioned – 'Is that why you're speaking out?'
Emails show oil firm questioned complex structure of Blair's known how lucrative it would turn out to be for the former British prime minister. This fund had put $m through PetroSaudi and as the latter's chief . in order to discuss PetroSaudi at a strategic level and to speak highly of your management. If you're being kind to our former prime minister you might accept his Tony Blair has questions to answer over his job as Middle East envoy (Getty) .. Leaked emails speak of how “very grateful” Blair was that Sheikh Abdullah was able with the head of the country's sovereign wealth fund in Abu Dhabi. The scale of Tony Blair's globe-trotting is exposed for the first time in secret the taxpayer is paying up to £ a week to help the former prime minister build million (£29 million) funding for the Palestinian Authority;; Mr Blair's team America on a speaking tour, and crams meetings with ministers and.