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OCTOBER 23, 2018
The facts need to all be made known. Saudi
Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said the killing of journalist
Jamal Khashoggi was a "tremendous mistake" and part of a rogue operation,
adding that his government would punish those responsible for his "murder."
"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority,"
he told Fox News on Sunday. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made,
and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up. That
is unacceptable in any government." Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia was taking
action to investigate how Khashoggi died and hold those responsible accountable.
"We are determined to uncover every stone. We are determined to find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder," he said.
Jubeir told Fox that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not aware of the operation beforehand. "Even the senior leadership over intelligence service was not aware of this," Jubeir said. The comments come a day after US President Donald Trump criticized Saudi Arabia's explanation of Khashoggi's death as "all over the place" in an interview with the Washington Post. However, the President also praised bin Salman, calling him a "strong person" with "very good control." In the Post article published late Saturday, Trump said that "obviously there's been deception and there's been lies," when asked about Saudi Arabia's account of the killing of Khashoggi inside their Istanbul consulate almost three weeks ago. "Their stories are all over the place," Trump said.
In his interview on Fox News, Jubeir said that
Prince Salman was not closely tied to the people involved in the operation.
Jubeir said Saudi Arabia did not know what happened to Khashoggi's body
and has not heard any audio from inside the consulate. He cautioned against
reaching quick conclusions and told Baier to look up the timeline surrounding
the US role at Abu Ghraib prison, the detention center where US soldiers
were revealed to have beaten and tortured captured Iraqis during the Iraq