Turkish authorities have been leaking more and more information about the disappearance of Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The government’s official line has changed multiple times in the last few days.
Experts suggest that this happened: Turkey tried to coordinate its response to the case with Saudi Arabia, but the kingdom didn’t respond, so Turkey started leaking.
Turkey’s response to the international crisis over Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi critic and journalist who vanished after entering his country’s consulate in Istanbul last week, has been confusing at best.
Officials in Ankara have gone from accusing Riyadh of premeditated murder, to saying that the country’s leadership was not at fault. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself has also, in the space of a week, gone from saying that he hoped Khashoggi was still alive to saying: “It is not possible for us to remain silent.”
Anonymous Turkish authorities have also been leaking details of their investigation in dribs and drabs, which are casting increasing doubt on Saudi’s insistence of innocence.
The leaks appear to be taking place because Turkey tried to coordinate efforts with Saudi Arabia to give it a way out of the crisis, but the kingdom just hasn’t cared enough to respond.
Turkish leaks and changing stories
On Tuesday, Turkey’s pro-government newspaper, the Daily Sabah, published the identities and movements of 15 suspects who traveled from Saudi Arabia who arrived at Istanbul on October 2 — the day Khashoggi went missing — and returned to Riyadh that night. Sabah did not say how it got hold of the names and whereabouts.
An unnamed Turkish security source also told the Middle East Eye, a London-based news website with a sometimes anti-Saudi bias, that the Saudi consulate asked its 28 locally hired employees to take the day off on October 2.
Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper also reported this week that surveillance-camera footage of consulate in Istanbul has mysteriously disappeared.
The government’s official line has also been changing.
Over the weekend, country officials told reporters that 15 Saudi agents carried out a “preplanned murder” and snuck Khashoggi’s body out of the consulate.
Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and friend of Khashoggi, said according to Reuters: “My sense is that he has been killed… in the consulate.”
He then appeared to climb down on his statement, telling the Saudi-owned al-Araby TV channel that “the Saudi state is not blamed here,” suggesting instead that Khashoggi’s disappearance was the doing of “a …read more
Source:: Business Insider