Journalist’s Disappearance Forces Trump’s Hand on Saudi Arabia

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(ANTIWAR.COM) — The disappearance of high-profile Saudi journalist, and common author for the Washington Put up, Jamal Khashoggi has put the Trump Administration into an uncomfortable place, obliging them to lift the questions in regards to the disappearance and presumptive homicide of the person by Saudi officers.

Khashoggi’s connections with the Washington Post made this a much bigger story than the disappearances of most dissident journalists within the Center East. That he was in exile for writings important to the Saudi Crown Prince, and entered a Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, however by no means got here out, making it very possible he got here to a foul finish.

Trump was virtually obliged to weigh in on such a big story, uncomfortable although it might be. His administration, in spite of everything, has lengthy averted elevating any human rights issues with the Saudis, and there are a whole lot of large points to lift. Himself no fan of important journalists, for Trump to lift this difficulty with the Saudis could in the end set the stage for extra inquiries to be requested within the years to come back.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is asking for a “thorough” investigation by the Saudis into Khashoggi’s disappearance as effectively, which additionally just about obliges the US to comply with by when such an investigation doesn’t occur.

The Saudis, in spite of everything, insist that nothing occurred to Khashoggi, and barring the Turkish authorities coming throughout his corpse in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future, that’s a place they’re more likely to persist with.