The hacked-to-death journalist story has taken many twists and turns over the last 24 hours. Let’s cut through the fat to get to the meat of the story…
What a crazy 24 hours after what is turning out to be one heck of a scandal or story or something.
Even Putin has thrown his hat into the ring, which you will read about later on.
For those how don’t know, apparently, a former Saudi insider turned Western journalist was chopped-up alive and killed for some political reason in Turkey.
Since then, and especially over the last 24 hours, there have been several twists and turns in the story.
We first learn that one of the 15 suspects in the Khashoggi killing has died in a “suspicious” car accident.
How convenient, right?
A 31-year-old lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force said to have participated in the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi died in a “suspicious car accident” in Riyadh, according to Turkish media.
Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 during Khashoggi’s visit, before the team quickly left the country, according to daily Yeni Şafak.
Albostani entered Turkey at 1:45 a.m. local time (2245GMT). He stayed at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and left the country at 9:46 p.m. local time (1846GMT) on a private jet which belonged to the Sky Prime Aviation company. –Yeni Şafak
Bostani’s alleged role in the murder of the Saudi journalist are unclear, as are details of the traffic accident in Riyadh – prompting accusations of a cover up by those who orchestrated the Khashoggi hit. Meanwhile, a columnist for Turkey’s Daily Hürriyet wrote on Thursday that Mohammad al Otaibi, Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consul-general, would be “the next execution.”
Turkish daily Yeni Şafak reported Oct. 17 that Al-Otaibi’s voice could be heard in one of the recordings, which Turkish authorities are believed to have, of Khashoggi’s “interrogation” at the consulate.
According to the report, after Al-Otaibi told the interrogators to “do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble,” he was told to “shut up if you want to live when you are back in Saudi Arabia.”
Al-Otaibi returned to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 16 before his residence in Istanbul was searched by police for more than eight hours on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. –Daily Hürriyet
The White House seems to be stalling on the issue, perhaps buying time to figure out a plan or to see how things unfold?
Here’s Secretary of State Pompeo from this morning:
The Treasury Department, on the other hand, isn’t waiting for answers as Steve Mnuchin announces he will not be attending the Future Investment Initiative Summit in Saudi Arabia:
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) October 18, 2018
Remember the Saudi Purge from last year?
If you do, this surfaced on Twitter today, and it may be of interest, only I can’t confirm it since I only speak English, Spanish and Spanglish:
Jamal Khashoggi interview on Egyptian TV revealing classified deal between Trump and the Royal king of Saudi Arabia to take money from Royal Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal to bail him self out after being arrested for corruption the money end up to Trump / Kushner weapon deal pic.twitter.com/4Pv9WzGIQT
— Mousa 🇺🇸 (@AmericanMousa) October 16, 2018
As the day unfolded, we learn that even Putin has broken his silence on the matter:
Russian President Vladimir Putin finally weighed in on the disappearance (and purportedly brutal slaying) of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi during a speech in Sochi on Thursday. His verdict? Russia doesn’t have enough information about the incident to justify spoiling their relationship with Saudi Arabia (and, by extension, the rest of OPEC, which has mostly backed Saudi Arabia during the burgeoning diplomatic crisis), according to Reuters.
Putin’s take is hardly surprising: Russia’s work with OPEC, which created a new Russia-Saudi axis to help manage global oil production and push up prices, has helped revive the Russian economy (while angering President Trump). Of course, Russia would be overjoyed to step in to any void left by the US if lawmakers force a rupture in the US-Saudi relationship, as evidenced by the recent agreement to sell Russian S-400 missiles to the Saudis. Two weeks ago, Putin criticized the US and its sanctions against Russia, Iran and others, saying the US was “making a colossal mistake” and risked undermining the dollar in its role as the global reserve currency.
Later on in the day, we learn of speculation that a top Saudi general is set-up to be the fall guy:
Less than a day after the New York Times published a report claiming that US intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman gave the order to murder and dismember a former Saudi insider turned critic inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, the Grey Lady has published yet another scoop claiming that the Saudis have selected a scapegoat who will most likely take the fall for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Anonymous officials with knowledge of the Saudis’ plans said the kingdom is close to blaming to Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, a high-ranking intelligence official and adviser to the crown prince, as the man responsible for masterminding the plot.
But after that speculation hit the tape, we get what appears to be evidence linking the killing to Crown Prince MBS himself:
The Turkish government is persisting in its campaign to implicate Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the suspected murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, working through leaks to Turkish media and the New York Times. And in the latest embarrassing leak, a Turkish newspaper has published surveillance photos showing Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a close associate of MbS who has been photographed with the Crown Prince on multiple occasions, entering the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2, just hours before Khashoggi entered and disappeared.
The photos also showed Mutreb standing outside the Saudi consul general’s home, leaving a Turkish hotel with a large suitcase, and leaving Turkey on a flight from Istanbul’s international airport later in the day.
Time stamps on the photographs, which Sabah said had been taken from closed-circuit television, showed Mr. Mutreb entering the Saudi consulate at 9:55 a.m., at the consul general’s home at 4:45 p.m., leaving the Istanbul hotel at 5:15 p.m., and at the airport leaving Turkey at 5:58 p.m.
The Times first identified Mutreb as a member of the purported 15-man hit squad earlier this week, publishing a series of photos showing Mutreb, who was also identified as a Saudi diplomat, as part of MbS’s entourage during visits to Spain, France and the US.
Here’s Ron Paul’s take on the matter (over the last few days actually):
From Fox News:
President Trump on Thursday said it “certainly looks” like missing activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Khashoggi’s whereabouts were unknown after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey earlier this month.
The president didn’t elaborate on where his conclusion came from however he said the consequences for Saudi Arabia “will have to be very severe” if they are ultimately found responsible in Khashoggi’s death.
This story has more ups, downs, twists and turns than the typical cartel day spent monkey-hammering paper gold and paper silver.
For whatever reason, the MSM wants everybody laser-focused on the murder of a journalist who worked for the CIA-backed, Jeff Bezos owned Washington Post.
Why this, and why now?
I don’t know.
I also haven’t even gone into the other speculations I’ve read over the last 24 hours, such as:
- Was Khashoggi a CIA Agent?
- Was Khashoggi killed by the CIA?
- Did Khashoggi know something or too much about 9/11?
- Is there some Muslim Brotherhood connection?
- Is there some ISIS connection?
I’m an economy and markets kind of guy, so politics, geo-politics and Game of Thrones are not really my thing.
I’m not knowledgeable enough or smart enough to answer any of those questions or the speculations that I pose.
But I do know this: Political and geo-political uncertainty are “good for gold”.
That said, gold is priced as if the world of politics and geo-politics is nothing but unicorns, rainbows, peace, love, and happiness as far as the eye can see, or as far as the plane can fly.
And that might all be coming to an abrupt end with an epic scandal of some sort.
Gold is not priced for that.
And neither is silver.
– Half Dollar
About the Author
U.S. Army Iraq War Combat Veteran Paul “Half Dollar” Eberhart has an AS in Information Systems and Security from Western Technical College and a BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paul dived into gold & silver in 2009 as a natural progression from the prepper community. He is self-studied in the field of economics, an active amateur trader, and a Silver Bug at heart.