Despite Saudi Arabia repeatedly denying allegations of involvement in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the media continues to question what happened, all amidst a strange Turkish silence on the matter.
Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz's said that accusations on Khashoggi’s disappearance are "lies and baseless allegations", maintaining that the journalist left the building shortly after arriving on October 2nd.
The interior minister said on Friday the kingdom was keen to uncover "the whole truth", according to the official Saudi Press Agency, stressing that reports "about orders to kill” are “baseless".
Michael Isikoff, an investigative journalist, said that a “close friend” of Khashoggi claimed that Khaled Saffuri, longtime aide to US al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi (currently in federal prison) and friend of convicted/deported Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian, was Khashoggi’s source for the stories he wrote at the Washington Post.
This claim is in fact a serious attempt at twisting truth, as Khaled Saffuri’s former boss, Alamoudi, “was convicted for being the bagman in an al-Qaeda/Libyan plot to assassinate the Saudi Crown Prince,” according to Patrick Poole, national security and terrorism correspondent for PJMedia.
“Who brought his former boss, al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, to meet with then GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush and Karl Rove in 2000? That's right, Khaled Saffuri, the source of the media's recent Jamal Khashoggi scoops,” said Poole.
Poole explained that after Khaled Saffuri's former boss, al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdurahman Alamoudi, was convicted for playing bagman in the Libyan intel plot to assassinate the Saudi Crown Prince, Ken Timmerman wrote about Saffuri's extensive terror ties.
Poole also provided documents on how al-Qaeda fundraiser Alamoudi provided the start-up funds for Khaled Saffuri's Islamic Free Market Institute. “When Khaled Saffuri opened up shop as the Islamic Free Market Institute, his first event was funded by Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for $150,000,” said Poole.
So how come a close consultant to the Saudi royal court would be involved with a clear terrorist? This, according to Poole, has only one meaning; someone is trying to sever the international relations with Saudi Arabia and hinder their progress for the upcoming Future Investment Initiative Conference in Riyadh later this month, dubbed "Davos in the Desert.”
In addition, Saffuri claimed that Khashoggi made visits to Europe to help in fundraising for the “Democracy for Arab World Now,” in order to smear Khashoggi’s reputation and attempt to drag the Saudis into an international crisis, something that does not make sense.
What the western media did not do was build a background for the sudden event, in order to tighten the plot of the so-called "killing narrative". The al-Qaeda and Qatar agent, who preferred to remain anonymous, could have made it up.
Saffuri planted the seed of the fabricated story by talking about a meeting he held with the Saudi journalist Khashoggi this summer.
The newspaper quoted him as saying that a Saudi official was continuing with Khashoggi "asking him to return to Saudi Arabia while ensuring his safety." But he added: "I asked him: will you go?” and his response was “I am not crazy.”