Turkish media published images Wednesday of an alleged 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance a week ago, putting new pressure on the kingdom amid growing global concern for the writer.
A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018. The Post said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for Saudi officials to prove their contention that Khashoggi left the consulate, as most accounts say the last he was seen was entering the building.
Erdogan's comments were his most direct suggestion yet about potential Saudi culpability in Khashoggi's disappearance.
The footage all seemed to come from surveillance cameras, which would have been posted throughout the district housing the Saudi consulate and other diplomatic missions. "It is [the duty] of the consulate officials", Mr Erdogan said this week. "They have all of them. Why don't you prove it, you have to prove it". "You have to prove it".
Turkey can not remain silent over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper on Thursday, adding Turkey is investigating all aspects of the case. The Post, citing anonymous USA officials familiar with the intelligence, said Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia, where he lived most recently, to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.
Asked about the case while speaking with reporters outside the White House on Monday, Trump replied, "I am concerned about it".
"See, when I hear about an arrest of my friend who did nothing that worth to be arrested make me feel that I should not go home". 'I don't like hearing about it and hopefully that will sort itself out. There are some pretty bad stories going around.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said USA officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts.
Protesters gathered outside the Saudi consulate Monday demanding to know what had happened to Khashoggi.
He has also criticised Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen, where Riyadh leads a military coalition fighting alongside the government in its war with Iran-backed rebels.
Among those who evinced little serious concern for Khashoggi's wellbeing was President Donald Trump.
"I don't know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey", Cengiz wrote.
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Turkey's government hasn't provided evidence after a spate of anonymous allegations that the Saudi writer was killed inside the Istanbul consulate.
Khashoggi, 59, has had a long career as a senior journalist in Saudi Arabia and also as an adviser to top officials. "We are now investigating the event in all its dimensions".
Khashoggi previously had close links with the Saudi royal family, including having served as a media aide to Prince Turki al-Faisal, when the latter was director general of the Saudi intelligence agency.
During the meeting, Ryan expressed The Post's "grave concern" about Khashoggi's disappearance, and said the news organization would view any Saudi government involvement in his disappearance as a flagrant attack on one of its journalists.