Turkish newspaper throws wrench in MSM narrative, claims gov’t unwilling to share audio ‘evidence’ of Khashoggi murder

Hours after The New York Times claimed that Turkish officials were in possession of an audio recording that proves Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by his own country’s government, a report broke Thursday that Turkey allegedly doesn’t intend to share the audio with the United States.

Former U.S. Treasury analyst Jonathan Schanzer was one of the few voices to issue a warning to the media to temper its excitement over the supposed “evidence.”

It wasn’t long before a Turkish newspaper said it will not, at least “for the time being,”  share the audio:

“Pro government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak: Ankara will not, for the time being, share an audio recording with the United States that allegedly shows clear evidence that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul,” BBC Arabic reporter Mohamed Yehia revealed on Twitter Thursday.

Turkey’s capital city Ankara houses President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s presidential palace.

If true, this presents a dilemma for President Donald Trump’s administration, as lack of access to the alleged audio tape means the U.S. has no actual evidence that Saudi Arabia murdered Khashoggi.

It’s because of a notable lack of evidence that Trump has refused to condemn the Middle Eastern nation or take any actions against it, instead preferring that a full investigation first be conducted.

For choosing to be cautious, the president has been accused by the left-wing media of aiding Saudi Arabian leader Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in his purported “corruption.”

“The Trump administration is not the first to bow and scrape to the Saudi power of oil and cash. But it is the first to surrender all pretense of upholding democracy and human rights – commonly known as American values – while making pathetic excuses for what is widely accepted to have been a barbaric murder,” left-wing commentator Richard Wolffe wrote in The Guardian early Thursday morning.

If Turkey is indeed refusing to showcase its evidence, Wolffe may want to rethink his analysis and follow the lead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has urged the president to provide the Saudis “a few more days” to complete their own investigation into the matter.

Listen:

Khashoggi has been missing since he entered a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct 2. Roughly a week after his disappearance, the Trump administration called for the Saudi Arabian government to launch an investigation. The government complied.

Several days later Turkey began claiming the journalist had been murdered and that they had evidence to prove this. The American media then responded as they always do by turning their spotlight on Trump and demanding he take action. Some Republicans followed suit.

But the latest report from Yehia suggests the president may have made the right decision to approach Khashoggi’s disappearance with caution. So does Schanzer’s point that the Turkish government and its state-owned media have a habit of lying.

Check out his tweet and the replies below:

At this point it’s clear that without concrete evidence, there simply is no there there. And Trump’s willingness to acknowledge this doesn’t make him an ally to corruption — it makes him prudent.

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