Individuals and businesses are distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Several individuals and entities have begun distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of journalist and prominent Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was last seen on October 2, when he entered into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to secure official documents for his upcoming wedding to his Turkish fiance Hatice Cengiz.
The 59-year-old, who formerly served as an adviser to senior officials in the Saudi government and who had been living in self-imposed exile in the US, has not been seen since.
Some have speculated that he could have been kidnapped or killed inside the consulate, reportedly at the order of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman using a team of hit men flown in specially to undertake the task.
Official response to Khashoggi's disappearance have been mixed.
Saudi officials claim that The Washington Post contributor left the consulate, but haven't provided any definitive proof. Turkish officials previously alleged that Khashoggi was killed and claim there's no evidence he ever left the consulate, while Canada, the UN, and President Trump have expressed "concern" over the journalist's whereabouts.
In a story published Thursday, The Washington Post said the Turkish government told US officials it has audio and video showing that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.
Global business leaders, policymakers, media moguls and tech executives have also taken notice and are beginning to move away from dealings with Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Group
Former US secretary of energy Ernest Moniz
Google-linked executive Dan Doctoroff
Neelie Kroes, a former vice president of the European Commission
Sam Altman, partner at Y Combinator
The New York Times
Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief at The Economist
Media mogul Arianna Huffington
Patrick Soon-Shiong, billionaire philanthropist and owner of the Los Angeles Times
Viacom CEO Robert Bakish
Billionaire AOL cofounder and venture capitalist Steve Case
Harbour Group, a US lobbying firm that represented the Saudi government
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