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Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir
Saudi
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  • A Saudi government official on Sunday described
    Jamal Khashoggi’s death
    as a “murder” for the first time.
  • “We are determined to uncover every stone. We are determined
    to find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those
    who are responsible for this murder,” Foreign Minister Adel
    al-Jubeir told Fox News.
  • Jubeir’s remarks came just two days after Saudi Arabia
    officially acknowledged Khashoggi’s death after nearly three
    weeks of denials.

A Saudi government official on Sunday described
Jamal Khashoggi’s death
as a “murder” for the first time.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News that the
journalist’s death was a “tremendous mistake” and part of a rogue
operation that
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no prior knowledge of
.

“The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their
authority,” he said. “There obviously was a tremendous mistake
made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to
cover up. That is unacceptable in any government.”

Jubeir added: “We are determined to uncover every stone. We are
determined to find out all the facts. And we are determined to
punish those who are responsible for this murder.”

Jubeir’s description of Khashoggi’s death as a “murder” is a
stark departure from Saudi Arabia’s initial explanation of
Khashoggi’s disappearance, and comes just two days after
Saudi Arabia officially acknowledged Khashoggi’s death after
nearly three weeks of denials.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was often critical of his
government, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials accused Saudi Arabia of
sending in a team to brutally kill Khashoggi in the consulate,
but the Saudis vehemently denied this.

The Saudis initially claimed Khashoggi safely departed the
consulate, but provided no evidence of this. For 17 days, the
Saudi government continued to deny involvement in his mysterious
disappearance.

But on Friday, the Saudi government released a statement claiming
Khashoggi died during a fistfight in the consulate. It also said
18 men were arrested in connection with the incident.

Saudi Arabia’s latest claims surrounding Khashoggi’s fate have
been met with widespread skepticism.

Much of the alleged details surrounding Khashoggi’s disappearance
are based on
leaks from Turkish officials to local media and other
outlets
, making it difficult to confirm exactly how the
journalist died.

But based on various reports, the narrative that has emerged is
that Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured, killed, and
dismembered inside the consulate with a bone saw. A forensic
specialist was reportedly present.

According to US intelligence intercepts
reported by The Washington Post
, Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman orchestrated a plot to capture Khashoggi. The crown prince
is suspected of having far more knowledge of the operation that
led to his death than the Saudi government is admitting.

Jubeir claimed Sunday that bin Salman “was not aware of
[Khashoggi’s death] — even the senior leadership of our
intelligence service was not aware of this.”

Turkey said it plans to release
all of the details on its investigation into Khashoggi’s
death
on Tuesday.

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