How the U.S. Covered Up the Murder of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
In October 2018, the world learned of the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi had been a government insider in his home country of Saudi Arabia, but his relationship with the ruling family—and particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman—soured as Khashoggi became an influential advocate for free speech and human rights within the kingdom. In September 2017, fearing retaliation, he fled to the United States.
In 2018, Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain marriage papers and was ambushed by a team of operatives allegedly deployed by Prince Mohammed. As Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, waited outside for him to return, the Saudi team went to work.
“The global response, the U.S. response, the U.N. response, is basically ‘bad boy, we’re gonna let you get away with this one,'” says Bryan Fogel, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind the 2017 Netflix documentary Icarus.
His new film, The Dissident, out now on most major VOD platforms, contains shocking audiotapes, transcripts, and video surveillance footage of the operation that ended with Khashoggi being strangled to death and his body disposed of in several trash bags.
The documentary features damning revelations, such as the Saudi team’s alleged efforts to cover up the murder after the fact by dressing a Khashoggi body double in the slain man’s clothes and parading hi
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