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Haspel briefs Trump on Turkish evidence on Khashoggi’s death

CIA Director Gina Haspel has briefed US President Donald Trump after reportedly listening to “compelling” audio recording which captured the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Haspel made a secret visit to Turkey this week to check evidence of audio recordings provided by Turkey that it claims capture the murder, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

According to Turkish authorities, based on the evidence Saudi operatives had tortured, murdered, and dismembered Khashoggi at the monarchy’s consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish media cited sources familiar with the audio recording of Khashoggi’s death describing the evidence as “compelling”.

Details of Haspel’s briefing to Trump on her Turkey visit, however, have not been published.

Meanwhile, the killing of Khashoggi has sparked global condemnation and snowballed into a major crisis for the Saudi leadership.

‘Khashoggi murder premeditated’

Khashoggi’s murder was “premeditated,” according to Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor.

“Information from the Turkish side affirms that the suspects in Khashoggi’s case premeditated their crime,” Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor stated on Thursday, giving the incident a new twist.

The latest announcement cancelled an earlier account that the dissident journalist died in a botched operation to “negotiate” his return to the kingdom.