The Strange Case of the Dissident Saudi Journalist Who Disappeared

Jamal Khashoggi was under no illusion about what would happen to him if he returned to Saudi Arabia. In a piece last year in The Washington Post about a wave of detentions in the country, the self-exiled Saudi dissident said he too “could face arrest” if he returned home. Yet that’s essentially what he did when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, with his fiancée; they were reportedly there to obtain paperwork they needed in order to get married. Khashoggi left his cell phone with her and entered the building at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since. “I have been waiting in front of the Saudi consulate for nearly 12 hours,” his fiancée told The Wall Street Journal Tuesday. “We were trying to marry.”


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