Missing Saudi journalist died during botched embassy interrogation, sources tell CNN

Sources have told CNN today that Saudi Arabia is preparing a report admitting that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during an interrogation gone wrong.

It’s believed Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside his country’s embassy in Turkey, causing a diplomatic crisis. Source: Breakfast

Mr Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 (October 3, NZT).

The sources told CNN the report is still being finalised, and that it will likely say the interrogation was carried out without clearance and that the ones who did it will be held responsible.

Saudi Arabia has maintained that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate the same day he arrived, but has given to evidence to support that.

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2011, file photo,  speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Washington Post said Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, it was concerned for the safety of Khashoggi, a columnist for the newspaper, after he apparently went missing after going to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Source: Associated Press

His fiancee Katice Cengiz was waiting outside, and says she did not see him come out.

US President Donald Trump earlier spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman on the phone, later telling reporters that he gave a "flat denial" on the killing of the journalist.

Mr Trump said he thought "rogue killers" could be responsible for the journalist's death.

"We are going to try to get to the bottom of it very soon," he said.

Another source told CNN last week that Turkey has audio and visual evidence that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.