Washington Post publishes Khashoggi’s last column

Washington Post publishes Khashoggi’s last column

Jamal Khashoggi (Alfaghi for Arabic Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON—The Washington Post published the final column from Jamal Khashoggi Thursday, over two weeks after the journalist went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

“I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul,” Karen Attiah, the Post’s Global Opinions editor wrote in a note. “The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen.”

The piece focuses on the need for free expression in the Arab world, particularly when it comes to a fair and open press.

You can read it in its entirety here.

On Oct. 2, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to retrieve documents for his upcoming wedding while his fiancee waited in a car outside.

There is no evidence that he exited the building and Turkish officials have concluded that Khashoggi was likely killed once inside.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Saudi Arabia could release a report concluding that Khashoggi was killed in a botched attempt to interrogate and abduct the columnist.

President Donald Trump has expressed dismay with Khashoggi’s disappearance, but has been reluctant to cast blame on Saudi Arabia, repeatedly noting that Saudi leaders have denied any knowledge of the incident in conversations with him.

While Trump has promised consequences, he has ruled out restricting arms sales or applying sanctions, arguing that it would hinder the U.S. economy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to meet with Trump at the White House Thursday after discussing Khashoggi with government leaders in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he is expecting a full report that will shed light on Khashoggi’s fate, predicting that the U.S. will have answers by the end of the week.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that U.S. intelligence officials have circumstantial evidence pointing to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s direct involvement the journalist’s disappearance.

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