U.S. intelligence officials intercepted Saudi communications prior to the disappearance of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi involving discussion of a plan for his capture, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
The Saudis were discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi back to the kingdom, The Washington Post reported, citing a person familiar with the communications, which were intercepted before he vanished. Khashoggi, a columnist for the newspaper, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and is feared to be detained or dead.
It wasn’t clear whether the Saudis wanted to interrogate or kill him, or whether the U.S. warned the journalist he was a target, the person said.
A Turkish official, speaking anonymously and without providing evidence, has said the 59-year-old journalist was murdered by a 15-member team sent for the task. The Saudi government has denied the allegation, but without producing any proof to back up Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s assertion that Khashoggi exited the building.