Washington Post on missing Saudi journalist: 'We demand to know the truth'

Washington Post on missing Saudi journalist: 'We demand to know the truth'
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The Washington Post is demanding answers about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Turkish authorities investigate his disappearance at a Saudi consulate.

"Seven days have passed since Jamal Khashoggi, a valued Washington Post contributor, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul," The Washington Post's CEO and publisher Fred Ryan said in a statement released Tuesday.

"We have repeatedly asked the Saudi and Turkish governments for information about Jamal and his whereabouts but have not received any satisfactory answers," Ryan said.

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"Instead, reports about Jamal's fate have suggested he was a victim of state-sponsored, cold-blooded murder."

As a part of their preliminary investigation, Turkish police have reported that Khashoggi was likely killed while in the consulate last Tuesday, though Saudi officials deny the assertion.

Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Saudi government, was spotted entering the consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday but has not been seen since.

"For the sake of Jamal's family we call again for answers about Jamal and his whereabouts," Ryan said Tuesday. "Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable. We demand to know the truth."

Turkish officials said in a statement Tuesday that they would search the consulate for Khashoggi, adding that Saudi authorities were "open to cooperation."

The statement did not specify if a search had already occurred. The Saudi ambassador to the U.S. reportedly said Monday that a search had been done.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told Bloomberg in an interview published last Friday that Turkish investigators were welcome to search the consulate, saying Saudi officials had "nothing to hide."

Several U.S. lawmakers including GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Graham: People should be fired over surveillance report findings GOP, Trump campaign rip CNN for coverage of Horowitz hearing MORE (S.C.), Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (Tenn.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon to take bigger role in vetting foreign students after Pensacola shooting Overnight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Rand Paul: 'We need to re-examine' US-Saudi relationship after Florida shooting MORE (Ky.), have expressed worry about Khashoggi's disappearance.

The United Nations and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Pompeo: 'No mistake' Trump warned Russian diplomat about election tampering MORE have both called for Saudi Arabia to support a full investigation into what happened to Khashoggi.