Central Intelligence Agency chief briefs Trump after Turkey visit

Satirist Known For Saudi Prince Jokes'Undeterred By Khashoggi's Killing

The Saudi prosecutors cited Turkish evidence that the slaying was planned, contradicting a Saudi assertion just days ago that rogue officials from the kingdom killed him by mistake in a brawl inside their Istanbul consulate.

Trump has also insisted that killing will not interfere with USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing a $110bn deal with Riyadh he announced a year ago.

According to the statement, a joint Saudi-Turkish investigative team "indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention".

Turkey said it believed a hit squad of Saudi nationals had travelled to Istanbul with the sole objective of killing Khashoggi, a former member of the Saudi elite who became critical of the current government's administration in his country.

News of the call appeared to calm growing speculation that Turkey was edging toward implicating the crown prince, whose ambitions for a modernized Saudi Arabia have been undermined by his penchant for making enemies at home and overseas.

There was no immediate comment from Saudi officials, but Whitson said that they were apparently allowed to leave after a travel ban on Salah was lifted.

The Turkish government has so far declined to elaborate on the alleged audio recordings, but on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that CIA Director Gina Haspel had listened to them.

Turkish authorities maintain that Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered in a premeditated operation organized by Saudi government officials.

"Even if US President Trump saves [Mohammed bin] Salman, in the eyes of the world, he is a questionable person with Khashoggi's blood on his hands", Cevik wrote.

Signaling a major pivot in its narrative, Saudi Arabia on Thursday said evidence shows that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, an apparent effort to ease worldwide outrage over the death of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mevlut Cavusoglu is Turkey's foreign minister. But Sabah, another pro-government newspaper that has published leaks about the case from Turkish officials, said Saudi Arabia had yet to give Turkish authorities permission for a search.

According to an Elysee Palace readout of the conversation, Macron pressed his Saudi counterpart for more clarity on what happened to Khashoggi and told him France considers freedom of expression and freedom of the press an "essential priority". The Turks have identified a Saudi forensics specialist who is an expert in mobile autopsies and who had traveled to Istanbul the day Khashoggi was planning to visit the consulate.

For two weeks after his disappearance the Saudis had claimed that Khashoggi left the building alive.

It was not immediately clear how Thursday's announcement from Riyadh would affect Washington's thinking amid bipartisan demands from Congress for severe punishment of Saudi Arabia - the nation at the center of Trump's Middle East policy.

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