The Khashoggi mystery deepens.
President Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this week for meetings on terrorism and economic issues. The timing could not be more awkward.
Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia admitted that the writer Jamal Khashoggi had died, calling his death an accident after a fistfight in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, above. But we still don’t know where Mr. Khashoggi’s body is, or whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directly ordered his killing.
Western politicians (except Mr. Trump, whose position has oscillated) have dismissed the Saudis’ shifting explanations over the episode as lies. And on Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey promised to reveal intelligence and evidence on the case “in full nakedness.”
The crisis has rattled Saudi royalty and brought the country’s disastrous war in Yemen into sharp focus.

 

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