The plot surrounding the apparent murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi just got a lot more interesting.
According to reports, one of the Saudi men suspected to have been involved in the alleged murder of Khashoggi has been killed in an automobile accident.
Earlier this month, Khashoggi suddenly disappeared.
He reportedly walked into the Saudi consulate to file paperwork for his upcoming wedding and was never seen again.
His fiancée was outside waiting for him in a car when the alleged abduction (or murder) took place.
Not long after Khashoggi disappeared, intelligence officers investigated a Saudi airplane at the Istanbul airport awaiting takeoff, but they found nothing suspicious.
Turkey is claiming Khashoggi was killed at the consulate.
Officials also believe they know the identities of some of the men involved in the plot.
Several of the men “involved” also have been tied to high-ranking members of the Saudi government and military.
Turkish national intelligence agency MIT says it had a video feed inside the consulate that revealed the actual torture and murder of Khashoggi.
According to Turkish officials, Khashoggi was dismembered.
Rumors also recently started to fly that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has actually heard the audio and received a transcript of the film of the murder.
Pompeo has denied he has heard any tape or seen any transcript.
Adding another layer to the story, on Thursday, it was reported Mashal Saad al-Bostani, a member of the Saudi Royal Air Force, was killed in a car accident.
Turkish authorities have named him as one of more than a dozen men who arrived in Istanbul on the same day Khashoggi was allegedly killed.
One report stated al-Bostani’s voice was heard on the audio tape telling the men: “Do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble.”
Now, that same man has died in what officials are conveniently calling an accident.
But was this really an accident — or was it Saudi officials trying to tie up some loose ends?
The Trump administration has found itself between a rock and a hard place over Khashoggi’s death.
The White House considers Saudi Arabia a major partner in its war against terrorism, but Trump may not have any other choice but to address this issue head-on with Saudi officials.
In fact, the president has already stated that if the Saudi’s are found to have murdered the journalist, there will be swift and “severe” consequences.
If Trump’s hand is forced, it can and will dramatically change Middle East policy for this administration. But we’ll just have to wait and see.