>> A blank column for a missing dissident. This should be Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's piece in the Washington Post Friday. But he vanished on Tuesday after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul for an appointment. He hasn't been seen since this protest in front of the mission in Istanbul calling for his release.
Khashoggi has criticized Saudi's powerful crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, the war in Yemen and Riyadh's crack down on dissidence. He left Saudi Arabia last year, saying he feared retribution. His fiance said she waited outside the consulate. And sounded the alarm when he didn’t come out again. The consulate said Khashoggi left straight after his appointment and it’s working with Turkey to find out how he disappeared.
But Human Rights Activist Tawakkol Karman, a Nobel Peace Laureate, says it’s part of a pattern of Saudi abuses.>> This kingdom of fear has now gone from assaulting its citizens in its own lands to other lands. What is happening now in Turkey is a violation of Turkish sovereignty.
>> The affair won't help already fraught ties between Riyadh and Ankara. Turkey has supported Saudi's gulf rival, Qatar, in a prolonged stand-off between the two, even sending troops to Qatar last year. The plot thickened when Turkish president Tayyip Erdoğan challenged Riyadh's account this week saying he believed Khashoggi was still inside the Saudi consulate.