Senate Foreign Relations chair: Saudis responsible for missing journalist


WASHINGTON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Thursday he believes Jamal Khashoggi, a missing Saudi Arabian journalist and U.S. resident, has been killed and that the Saudi government is responsible.

“It would appear that he’s been murdered,” said Corker, R-Tenn., adding that he hopes he’s wrong about the journalist’s fate.

Corker said the facts surrounding Khashoggi’s case are still “murky” and it’s possible another country is responsible for his disappearance, which occurred more than a week ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

But, Corker said, “Everything that I’ve seen points to the Saudis … We have no evidence that points anywhere but to them.”

More than a week ago, Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Turkey for some routine paperwork. A critic of the Saudi regime living in self-imposed exile in the U.S., Khashoggi has not been seen since.

Turkish officials allege he was killed in the compound; Saudi officials say he left the building unharmed.

Corker and other lawmakers have been reviewing classified intelligence data collected by U.S. officials on the case. No other senator went as far as Corker in casting blame on the Saudis. But many others said they were deeply worried about Khashoggi – and deeply skeptical of the Saudi government’s denials.

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