Can anyone trust anything that the Saudi Arabian government says about the death of Jamal Khashoggi? Their lies have been so shameless that it is no wonder Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman are so close because they are both cut from the same cloth, using one lie to cover up earlier lies and never bothering to explain why they uttered the earlier lies. Take the latest concessions by the Saudi government.
Shaalan al-Shaalan, the kingdom’s deputy public prosecutor, told a news conference in Riyadh that a 15-member squad was formed to bring Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia from Istanbul “by means of persuasion”. But after “talks with him failed” inside the consulate, Khashoggi was killed with “a large amount of a drug resulting in an overdose” and then dismembered, in the kingdom’s latest account of what happened.
Now it’s drugs? Recall how far we have come in the evolution of the lies. At the beginning they said that Khashoggi had left the consulate and that they did not know where he was. This later changed to him accidentally dying after a scuffle inside the consulate. Now they are actually admitting to a premeditated murder and dismemberment with instruments that the team took with them to Turkey.
So if they dismembered him, they have to know what happened to the body, information that they have not yet released. Why not?
What is clear that such a carefully planned murder could not have been due to rogue agents acting on their own. No agent is stupid enough to go to such lengths on their own initiative. It had to have the collusion of the members of the consulate in Turkey which requires in turn approval at the highest levels of the Saudi government which means the current strongman Mohammed bin Salman. It strains credulity that this stops short of him, which is why Trump seems to be going out of his way to avoid dealing with it.