October 15, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi’s Provocative Journey

“Perhaps nowhere in the world was the news of Donald Trump’s election as president greeted with greater joy than in Saudi Arabia, whose rulers had chafed at his predecessor’s outreach to their arch-foe Iran and welcomed the prospect of a Republican president more in line with Saudi thinking.

One Saudi dissented from the otherwise overwhelming acclaim. Jamal Khashoggi, 59, a veteran journalist and opinion-maker, expressed misgivings about the implications of Trump’s presidency for the Middle East. He cautioned that Trump’s anti-Muslim sentiments and seeming closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin would jeopardize Saudi interests, and thought the royal family’s trust in him was misplaced.

For those views, reported in The Washington Post and articulated in tweets and at a Washington think tank, he was ordered by the Saudi authorities to stop writing and speaking publicly, unleashing a chain of events that may have culminated in his disappearance and possible death inside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul last week.”

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