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‘Utter Bullshit’: Khashoggi’s Washington Post Editor Rips Saudi Explanation For Journalist’s Death

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‘Utter Bullshit’: Khashoggi’s Washington Post Editor Rips Saudi Explanation For Journalist’s Death





Jamal Khashoggi’s editor at the Washington Post has fired back after Saudi Arabia released a statement on Friday finally acknowledging that the journalist died inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, but claiming it was the result of a “brawl,” an explanation Karen Attiah called “Utter bullshit.”

Attiah, the global opinions editor for The Washington Post, fired off a series of tweets on Friday denouncing the Saudi government’s statement that claimed Khashoggi died following a fistfight inside the consulate.

“Khashoggi was killed. By Saudi men. In a consulate. His life was taken from him,” she wrote in one tweet.

“What sort of equal ‘fight’ would he have had against 15 other men? And who brings a bone saw to a ‘discussion’?!” she added.




Attiah said that the Saudi explanation was “almost insulting” but pointed out that even if someone was willing to accept their version of events, there are still several key unanswered questions: “1) Then what happened to the body? 2) Why did officials lie say and he left the consulate? 3) What evidence do they have to support that there was a fistfight?”

Attiah talked to the New York Times earlier this week and explained the process of bringing Khashoggi on board as a columnist. “His first column for us blew up. It spiked in traffic,” she said. “That’s when we realized we had a force on our hands.” She also explained that at least part of the reason why she was being so vocal was because if “it was his words at The Post that perhaps put him at risk, I feel that responsibility.” Attiah also emphasized a kinship she feels with Khashoggi as a friend and colleague. “Even though he wasn’t full-time in the building, Jamal was one of us,” she said. “This is not an attack just on him. It’s an attack on us.”





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