LOST IN TRANSLATION? Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi is dead, but their explanation is preposterous

Breaking news on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi where for the first time Saudi Arabia is admitting that he’s dead and arrests have been made:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi state-run news agency quotes prosecutors as saying 18 Saudis held as suspects in Jamal Khasoggi's death.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 19, 2018

According to reports, the Saudis are saying Khashoggi died in a fist fight at the consulate:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi state-run news agency quotes prosecutors as saying that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Saudi Consulate in a fight.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) October 19, 2018

CNN reporting that Saudi Arabia government is now acknowledging the death of Jamal Khashoggi, has detained 18 Saudis, calling it a "fist fight" gone bad, no word on how he died or where is the body.

— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) October 19, 2018

“a fistfight that led to his death.”That does not sound plausiblehttps://t.co/PeBLzvS3ii

— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) October 19, 2018

He was kung-fu fighting?

THEY'RE SAYING HE FOUGHT 18 GUYS. He was a journalist. Not freaking Bruce Lee. pic.twitter.com/HOvc3yKzfe

— XENI (@xeni) October 19, 2018

We’re not sure what to believe on this, but this might not be the cover-up it looks like:

The removal of two top officials, a cabinet ranking, very powerful and close advisor of MBS and the Deputy Head of Foreign intelligence + 4 other Generals in foreign intelligence (virtually its whole top leadership) cannot be written off as a cover up. This is unprecedented.

— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) October 19, 2018

This is not saying "rogue killers" but implicating virtually the whole top leadership of foreign intelligence. They carried out a mission that went sour very quickly and tried to cover it up initially. Bad news travels slowly to the top.

— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) October 19, 2018

The details of what happened at consulate are vague but I understand more details will come out this weekend.

— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) October 19, 2018

And there’s a chance the English-speaking media had flubbed the translation:

IMPORTANT: I understand from a senior Saudi source that Jamal Khashoggi died from a chokehold during a physical altercation, not a fist fight which was mistranslated by foreign media.

— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) October 19, 2018

But either way: Why’d they cut him up?

Do fist fights routinely involve bone saws and I just hadn't known that? No? https://t.co/qMjf7mrn0h

— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 19, 2018

To sum things up:

17 days after #Khashoggi’s disappearance, Saudis ackowledged his death:

• Crown Prince MbS said he left the Consulate • Saudis for days dismissed it• Didn’t permit police search for 2 weeks• Painted the crime scene, got cleaners inside

And now? “Died in a fist fight”

— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) October 19, 2018

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Angry New York Times columnist badly burned by Sean Davis tweet about Saudi Arabia connections https://t.co/fAqxQRAwhF

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