Following reports over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reportedly murdered and dismembered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul by a 15-member Saudi team, several high profile business leaders have voiced their disgust over what appears to have been a gruesome, state-sponsored assassination. Virgin CEO Richard Branson announced on October 11 that he was suspending his advisory role in the Saudi Vision 2030 projects, followed by JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Verizon CEO Robert Bakish, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, AOL co-founder Steve Case – who have all distanced themselves from the Saudi government following the Khashoggi incident.
What’s more, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN, New York Times, Economist and CNBC have all withdrawn from the Saudi Future Investment Initiative. According to CNBC, “It’s interesting that in a context where people are so publicly disavowing and disengaging that there’s not been a clear statement from the owner of the newspaper,” Félim McMahon, the technology and human rights program director at the University of California at Berkeley law school’s Human Rights Center. “It’s legitimate to ask that person’s opinion.”
Head in the clouds?
Perhaps Bezos has refrained from issuing a statement due to a lucrative deal to set up data centers in Saudi Arabia – a plan announced last year. It announced plans a year ago for the opening of a Middle East division based in Bahrain, an island nation that neighbors Saudi Arabia. Since May, Amazon has had a job post up for a “Head of Public Policy AWS Saudi Arabia” based in Bahrain. Part of the candidate’s role is to “help further advance:
There is a shake-down going on in the Saudi Kingdom, and unlike America and Donald Trump, the King doesn’t have to wait for justice. If you found out someone that you trusted betrayed you with the most secret things and gave them to whom you would consider your enemy, how would you feel??? While the world seems to be up in arms about one man, I wonder how all the other men’s families who died for the United States and were forgotten feel??? The same people that seem to be upset about the death of one journalist, seem to be the same people that are calling for impeachment of Donald Trump. Who’s going to the funeral of Jamal Khashoggi, and where will he be buried???
Did Jamal commit treason on the Saudi Kingdom??? Manafort lucky to be an American after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy against the American people, and one of those times to say…glad to be an American.
Daily Mail Reports:
Saudi Arabia has admitted journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead.
Saudi attorney general says Khashoggi died after a fight broke out between him and people who met him at the consulate.
18 suspects have been held in connection with the case.
KSA fired the deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, the royal court adviser who was regarded as very close to the crown prince.
The country is to restructure its intelligence agencies under Prince Mohammed bin Salman after the killing of Khashoggi.
White House added it is ‘saddened’ by the confirmed death of the Saudi.