A Classic Whospunit

“If, as the Turkish authorities say, these men were present at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Mr. Khashoggi disappeared on Oct. 2, they might provide a direct link between what happened and Prince Mohammed. That would undercut any suggestion that Mr. Khashoggi died in a rogue operation.” NYT: The Jamal Khashoggi Case: Suspects Had Ties to Saudi Crown Prince.

+ “Here you go again with ‘You’re guilty until proven innocent. I don’t like that” Robin Wright in The New Yorker: Trump’s Overeager Acceptance of Saudi Arabia’s Excuse in the Khashoggi Affair. (Trump once famously bragged that he could get away with shooting someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue. As long as he were the lead investigator on the case, anyone could…)

+ Dexter Filkins: “If there is any lesson to be learned from this terrible affair, it’s how blind so much of official Washington and the American press were to M.B.S.’s true nature. When the crown prince visited the United States earlier this year, he was fêted in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, on Wall Street, and, of course, by the Trump White House, as a messiah—in the mold of Gorbachev or Gandhi.” Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Is Pushed to the Brink.

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