Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
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The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi refers to an international controversy surrounding the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, an independent Saudi journalist by Saudi officials.
On October 2nd, 2018, at around 1:15 p.m. journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey (screen capture of security footage, below). Khashoggi, who was once a strong support of the Saudi royal family, has since written critical analysis of the government. According to the New York Times, he went to the consulate to certify his divorce, so that he could be married in Turkey on October 3rd. His fiancée waited for him for several hours outside, but he never exited the building.
Following his disappearance, Khashoggi's fiancee said that she believed he has been detained by the government of Saudi Arabia, of whom Khashoggi was vocal dissident. The government denied these allegations, which they called false. One Saudi official said, "Mr. Khashoggi visited the consulate to request paperwork related to his marital status and exited shortly thereafter […] [he] is not in the consulate nor in Saudi custody."
Turkish investigators refuted the Saudi response to the disappearance. they believe that Khashoggi was assassinated in the consulate, an attack ordered by "the highest levels of the royal court." The New York Times reports, "The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose."
Additionally, the Turkish government claims to have audio and video recordings that prove that he was killed in the consulate.
On October 13th, news magazine television series teased their interview with United States President Donald Trump. They wrote, "'There will be severe punishment.' In his first 60 Minutes interview since taking office, President Trump tells Lesley Stahl that if Saudi Arabia is found to be responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death, there will be consequences." The tweet received more than 1,900 retweets and 3,100 likes in two days (shown below).
"There will be severe punishment." In his first 60 Minutes interview since taking office, President Trump tells Lesley Stahl that if Saudi Arabia is found to be responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death, there will be consequences. https://t.co/BRZfIPHbNY pic.twitter.com/s6X98AylBR— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 13, 2018
Several days later, Trump tweeted, "Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen.' He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!" The tweet received more than 14,000 retweets and 49,000 likes in 24 hours (shown below).
On October 11th, Redditor  coexistnot posted about the disappearance in the /r/news subreddit. The post received more than 37,000 points (93% upvoted) and 2,800 comments in four days.
The following day, Redditor instantreporter posted about the disappearance in the /r/worldnews subreddit, where it received more than 109,000 points (95% upvoted) and 6,300 comments.
Virtually all media outlets covered the disappearance, including ABC, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN and more.
 New York Times – Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance: What We Know and Don’t Know
 New York Times – What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi? Conflicting Reports Deepen a Mystery
 New York Times – Turkish Officials Say Khashoggi Was Killed on Order of Saudi Leadership
 Twitter – @60minutes's Tweet
 Twitter – @realDonaldTrump's Tweet
 Reddit – EXCLUSIVE: Jamal Khashoggi dragged from consulate office, killed and dismembered
 Reddit – Turkey has audio and video evidence showing that Saudi agents tortured & killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey
 ABC News – Jamal Khashoggi: Trump suggests 'rogue killers' may be involved in Saudi journalist's disappearance in Turkey
 Washington Post – What Jamal Khashoggi and Edward Snowden have in common
 Wall Street Journal – Why Kill Jamal Khashoggi?
 The Guardian – Donald Trump says 'rogue killers' may have murdered Khashoggi
 CNN – Trump suggests 'rogue killers' behind Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance
Oct 14, 2018 at 10:27AM EDT
Oct 15, 2018 at 01:38PM EDT
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