Saudi Arabia Claims No Involvement With Bezos/Pecker Blackmail

Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir said that his country had “absolutely nothing to do” with the National Enquirer’s reporting on or attempted blackmail of Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos. The Saudi official spoke during an extensive interview on the CBS show Face the Nation on Sunday morning. read more

Bezos Scandal May Implicate Donald Trump in Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder

The bombshell revelation that National Enquirer boss David Pecker was trying to blackmail Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has cast a new spotlight on Donald Trump’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. It may even implicate the president in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (a Saudi exile) last October. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has been accused of having Khashoggi killed. read more

Saudi Arabia Rebukes U.S. Senate For ‘Interference’

Saudi Arabia has rejected a U.S. Senate bipartisan resolution that blamed Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the Associated Press (AP). The Saudi government used strong language in rebuking the Senate’s actions, saying it was unwarranted and unwanted intrusion into the affairs of the Saudi kingdom. read more

‘Smoking Gun’ CIA Recording May Prove Saudi Ordered Khashoggi Killed

A Turkish newspaper reported yesterday that the CIA has a “smoking gun” recording of a phone call which proves that Saudi Arabia‘s crown prince ordered the murder of exiled Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. read more

Turkey Blasts Trump, Says Khashoggi Statement Is ‘Comic’

Turkey on Wednesday heavily criticized President Donald Trump’s statement about slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it  was “comic.” Our NATO partner also accused the United States of “turning a blind eye” to the murder of the Saudi journalist who was a writer for the Washington Post. read more

Saudi Arabia Will Seek Death Penalty for Accused Khashoggi Killers

Saudi Arabia will seek the death penalty for the killers of government critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, a Saudi prosecutor said Thursday.

Eleven people have been charged in Khashoggi’s murder out of 21 people held in the case. Khashoggi, a fierce critic of the Saudi royal family, was strangled to death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body dismembered, the Saudi chief prosecutor said. read more

Democratic Senators Demand Hearing With Coats About Khashoggi Threats

A small group of prominent Democratic U.S. senators has requested a classified briefing with U.S. intelligence officials concerning what the U.S. intelligence community knows about previous threats against the life of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. read more

Jared Kushner Says They Will Determine What They Want to Believe About Khashoggi

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, and what we think is credible and what we think is not credible," Jared Kushner told Van Jones on CNN Monday.

Human Rights Groups Demand That the U.N. Investigate Khashoggi’s Killing

Amnesty International and several other leading global human rights organizations are calling for the United Nations to investigate the killing of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In addition to Amnesty International, the groups include the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders. They have joined together to ask Turkey to pressure the U.N. to open up a formal investigation into Khashoggi’s death. read more

Corker Say Trump Has ‘Clamped Down’ on Sharing Saudi Intel With Congress

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Wednesday that the Trump administration is severely restricting access to information about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Washington Post that the administration had “clamped down” on sharing intelligence Khashoggi. read more

Saudi Arabia Vows to Retaliate As Its Stock Market Plunges

Saudi Arabia said Sunday it will respond in kind to threats against it after President Donald Trump’s warning of “severe punishment” over the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi response came after the Tadawul stock exchange in Riyadh dropped by 7 percent during the week’s first day of trading, with 182 of its 186 listed stocks showing losses. read more

Turkey Claims to Have Apple Watch Recording of Khashoggi’s Murder

Officials in Turkey have in their possession an Apple Watch audio recording of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Khashoggi was reportedly wearing the Apple Watch when he entered the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul over a week ago. AP said the story was first reported Saturday by a Turkish newspaper, Sabah. This is the pro-government newspaper that Turkish security officials have been using to leak information to the public about the Khashoggi case. read more

Trump Jealously Endorses The Authoritarian Jailing Of Political Enemies In Saudi Arabia

Trump could barely hide his jealousy over the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, rounding up and arresting his political opposition.