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Archive for October 8, 2018

Newsline: Turkey says journalist was murdered in Saudi consulate

Fears are growing over the missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, after Turkish officials said they believed he had been murdered. Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national, was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. A Turkish official told the BBC that initial investigations indicated he was murdered there. Saudi Arabia has denied the accusations, saying it is “working to search for him”. An official of Turkey’s ruling AK Party told broadcaster CNN Turk there was concrete evidence in the case, although none has yet been presented. Jamal Khashoggi went to the consulate on Tuesday to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. Ms Cengiz said she waited outside for 11 hours, but he did not come out. Turkish officials said Mr Khashoggi was killed on the premises and his body was then removed. Investigators said a 15-person team arrived at the consulate on Tuesday, returning to Riyadh the same day. The head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, Turan Kislakci, told the New York Times that Turkish police officers providing security for the consulate had checked their security cameras and did not see the journalist leave on foot. But he added that diplomatic cars had been seen moving in and out. Saudi Arabia said the allegations were baseless. It has allowed reporters into the consulate to show Mr Khashoggi is not there. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg News that Turkish authorities were welcome to search the building because “we have nothing to hide”.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45775819

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Newsline: Russia says alleged spies in Netherlands were testing embassy IT systems

Russia’s foreign ministry said four Russians accused by the Netherlands of hacking were traveling with technical equipment intended to test their embassy’s IT systems in the Hague, Interfax news agency reported on Monday. Dutch authorities said last week they had disrupted a Russian hacking mission when they caught four men in April with spying equipment at a hotel next to the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-netherlands-cyber-equipment/russia-says-alleged-spies-in-netherlands-were-testing-embassy-it-systems-idUSKCN1MI1NF