Saudi Arabia to admit Khashoggi was killed: report

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) – Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit it killed missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in an interrogation gone wrong, according to a report Monday.

The admission could bring to an end questions over Khashoggi's fate. The Washington Post journalist has been missing since Oct. 2 when he was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudis will claim in a report they intended to abduct Khashoggi from Turkey, but accidentally killed him during an interrogation at the consulate, CNN reported, citing two anonymous sources.

The network cited one source who cautioned the report is still being prepared and could be changed. Another source told CNN the report is likely to shift blame away from top Saudi officials, arguing the plot was carried out without official clearance and transparency while seeking to place blame on those immediately involved.

Khashoggi has long been feared killed at the consulate after he entered and was never seen exiting.

U.S. President Donald Trump earlier Monday raised the possibility that "rogue killers" could have been responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

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