Um … Call to the United States?

It’s just dangling there in an AP piece. But according to the AP, one of the members of the Saudi hit team made five calls from the consulate that day – four to the head of MBS’s office and one to the United States.This passage is comes a few paragraphs into an AP piece published a short time ago (emphasis added).

The report by Yeni Safak on Monday said Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage on trips to the United States, France and Spain this year, made the calls from the consulate. The newspaper said the four calls went to Bader al-Asaker, the head of Prince Mohammed’s office. It said another call went to the United States.

Yeni Safak cited no source for the information. However, pro-government newspapers have been leaking information about Khashoggi’s killing, apparently with the help of Turkish security forces. Yeni Safak reported last week that Saudi officials cut off Khashoggi’s fingers and then decapitated him at the consulate as his fiancée waited outside.

It’s important to remember that these reports are coming from pro-government newspapers in Turkey. The current Turkish government has a terrible record on press freedom. We can’t take any of these leaks at face value. But most of them so far appear to have been accurate, forcing the Saudis to issue a series of damaging bogus cover stories. Who did he call in the US?

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