OTTAWA—Now that we are four weeks and counting away from the ‘incident’ involving Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, I have lost track of how many versions of the story we have received from our Saudi “friends.” First, Khashoggi left the consulate (amazingly sneaking past his fiancée waiting for him outside). Then, no one knew where he was. Then, the Saudis admitted he died in their diplomatic representation. Then, he died after ‘fisticuffs.” Now, a “rogue” element was responsible for his demise without the knowledge of the regime or its current poster boy, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known to all as MbS).
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