12 thoughts on “Part of something larger

  1. Plot thickens says:

    The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month, according to U.S. and Turkish officials.
    The recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he walked in Oct. 2 to obtain an official document before his upcoming wedding, then killed him and dismembered his body, the officials said.
    On Wednesday, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle wrote to Trump and asked him to impose sanctions against anyone found responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance, including Saudi leaders. The lawmakers invoked the Global Magnitsky Act, giving the president 120 days to make a decision. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/turks-tell-us-officials-they-have-audio-and-video-recordings-that-support-conclusion-khashoggi-was-killed/2018/10/11/119a119e-cd88-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html?utm_term=.911c5d8ae60b&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

    • Curiouser and curiouser says:

      Turkey’s investigation into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has revealed recordings made on his Apple Watch purportedly indicating he was tortured and killed, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday. (Reuters October 13, 2018 / 2:17 AM) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-dissident/turkey-obtains-recordings-of-saudi-journalists-purported-killing-paper-idUSKCN1MN08G “The moments when Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and murdered were recorded in the Apple Watch’s memory,” the paper said, adding that the watch had synched with his iPhone, which his fiancée was carrying outside the consulate.
      Two senior Turkish officials previously told Reuters that Khashoggi had been wearing a black Apple watch when he entered the consulate and that it was connected to a mobile phone he left outside. However, it was not clear whether data from Khashoggi’s watch could have been transmitted to his phone outside, or how investigators could have retrieved it without obtaining the watch themselves.
      Technology experts say it is highly unlikely the watch could have recorded actions inside the embassy and uploaded them to an iCloud account. Most models of the watch require that it be within 30 to 50 feet (9-15 meters) of the iPhone that it is paired with to upload data to Apple’s iCloud, they said. Even newer models that can communicate with the cloud directly via wireless require either connection to a nearby WiFi network or a type of cellular connection that is not available in Turkey, the experts say.

  2. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    Donald Trump Jr. Peddles Tweet Linking Jamal Khashoggi To ‘Jihadists’ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-jr-jamal-khashoggi-tweet_us_5bc14ddce4b0bd9ed55a59db The president’s eldest son tweeted an exchange between conservative journalists who were apparently trying to smear Khashoggi.
    “Why Is Trump’s Favorite Publisher Selling Saudi Propaganda? The New Kingdom magazine is an American-made love letter to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.” (Vanity Fair 4/24/18) https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/04/why-is-trumps-favorite-publisher-selling-saudi-propaganda
    “David Pecker, Chief of National Enquirer’s Publisher, Is Said to Get Immunity in Trump Inquiry” (NYT Aug 23, 2018) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/politics/david-pecker-immunity-trump.html “…After Mr. Trump became president, he rewarded Mr. Pecker’s loyalty with a White House dinner to which the media executive brought a guest with important ties to the royals in Saudi Arabia. At the time, Mr. Pecker was pursuing business there while also hunting for financing for acquisitions, The New York Times reported in March.”

  3. Miss American Pie says:
  4. Obscenity says:

    “Senior Saudi officials, including aides close to General Ahmed al-Assiri, who was fired last month for allegedly ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, inquired about assassinating prominent Iranian officials and sabotaging Iran’s economy, the New York Times has reported.”
    (Al Jazeera News 11/12/18) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/saudis-discussed-killing-enemies-year-khashoggi-nyt-181112064254311.html
    “The paper said on Sunday that during a meeting with private businessmen in 2017, senior aides close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, inquired about killing Qassim Suleimani, the leader of the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.
    The paper said that al-Assiri attended a meeting in March 2017 in Riyadh where businessmen pitched a $2bn plan to use private intelligence operatives to try to sabotage the Iranian economy.
    George Nader, a convicted paedophile and former political adviser to the United Arab Emirates’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, arranged the meeting, it said.
    Nader also met with MBS, and pitched the Iran plan to officials in the White House.
    Another participant in the meetings was Joel Zamel – an Israeli whose now defunct Psy-Group intelligence firm is under investigation by the FBI and is suspected of pitching a media manipulation plan for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.”
    NYT (11/11/18): “Saudis Close to Crown Prince Discussed Killing Other Enemies a Year Before Khashoggi’s Death” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/world/middleeast/saudi-iran-assassinations-mohammed-bin-salman.html

  5. Piece of work says:

    “A member of a Saudi assassination squad phoned a superior shortly after Jamal Khashoggi was murdered and told him “tell your boss” their mission had been accomplished, The New York Times reported.
    Citing three people familiar with a recording of Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence, the newspaper said while he was not mentioned by name, US officials believe “your boss” was a reference to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
    US intelligence officials view the recording as some of the strongest evidence yet linking bin Salman to the murder, it said.” (Al Jazeera News 11/13/18) https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/khashoggi-killing-boss-deed-nyt-181113033718617.html
    NYT (11/12/18): ‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince More Strongly to Khashoggi Killing https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/12/world/middleeast/jamal-khashoggi-killing-saudi-arabia.html

  6. Murder Inc. says:

    “Trump’s manic statement letting Saudi Arabia off the hook for Khashoggi reveals a dark US secret” (Business Insider 11/21/18) https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-statement-on-khashoggi-reveals-dark-secret-of-us-policy-2018-11
    White House Press Release, November 20, 2018. Subject: Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia https://publicpool.kinja.com/subject-statement-from-president-donald-j-trump-on-st-1830566478

  7. DOA says:

    “When Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, he didn’t know he was walking into a killing zone. He had become the prime target in a 21st-century information war — one that involved hacking, kidnapping and ultimately murder — waged by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his courtiers against dissenters.
    How did a battle of ideas, triggered by Khashoggi’s outspoken journalism for The Post, become so deadly? That’s the riddle at the center of the columnist’s death. The answer in part is that the United States, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and other countries that supported Saudi counter-extremism policies helped sharpen the double-edged tools of cyberespionage that drove the conflict toward its catastrophic conclusion in Istanbul.” David Ignatius, Washington Post Dec. 7, 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/how-a-chilling-saudi-cyberwar-ensnared-jamal-khashoggi/2018/12/07/f5f048fe-f975-11e8-8c9a-860ce2a8148f_story.html?utm_term=.312129a0c078

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