Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance


CBS News has learned Saudi leadership is preparing to admit that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation gone wrong.

Turkish authorities say a team of Saudis killed Khashoggi, and U.S. intelligence intercepts show Saudi officials discussing an operation to lure Khashoggi - a Saudi citizen who had been living in the USA - back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and detain him. Saudi officials previously have called the allegations "baseless", but reports in US media on Tuesday suggested the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed there. The New York Times reported that the Saudi royal court would soon put out a narrative that an official within the kingdom's intelligence services - who happened to be a friend of Prince Mohammed - had carried out the killing. CNN described one source as saying the report is likely to claim that the interrogation was conducted without clearance or transparency.

"Who knows?" Trump told reporters at the White House.

King Salman has replaced two crown princes in the past.

This message had been conveyed "directly to the Saudi authorities", said the statement, signed by Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany's Heiko Maas. "He didn't really know, maybe - I don't want to get into his mind but it sounded to me - maybe these could have been rogue killers". Both reports cited anonymous people said to be familiar with the Saudi plans. Cengiz waits for him outside for four hours, but he never comes out and is told by consulate staff that he left out a back door.

In a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday, Trump said there would be consequences if it turned out Saudi Arabia had anything to do with Khashoggi's mysterious disappearance.

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A joint Saudi-Turkish team arrived at the consulate on Monday in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighbourhood, as journalists filmed and shot photographs of their arrival.

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Khashoggi's fate has troubled Washington and Saudi Arabia's other traditional Western allies.

Mr Pompeo's visit comes as Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

"The kingdom emphasizes that it will respond to any measure against it with an even stronger measure", the official said, according to SPA.

Presidential aide Ibrahim Kalın announced last week that a joint team would be formed to investigate the disappearance of Khashoggi upon the kingdom's request.

"Saudi Arabia has also suggested reducing its investments in the United States economy, which is now evaluated at $800 billion (€690 billion)", Meyer added.

But in response to Khashoggi's disappearance, media firms and some technology executives have pulled out of a major Riyadh investment conference scheduled for next week.

TOKYO, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Asian stocks rose modestly on Tuesday, gaining a firmer footing after a week of heavy losses, although increasing tensions between Saudi Arabia and the West have fanned geopolitical concerns and capped gains.

Saudi Arabia's riyal currency retreated overnight to 3.7525 to the dollar - its weakest in two years.