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Report: U.S. intel showed Saudi plan to hold missing journalist

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In this Feb 2015 photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama.

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post reports that U.S. intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain a prominent journalist and critic who disappeared a week ago.

The Post, citing anonymous U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence, says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Jamal Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.

Khashoggi vanished last week after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker says he has reviewed U.S. intelligence reports suggesting that Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2, the day he went to the consulate.

Turkish authorities have said he was killed by an elite Saudi “assassination squad.” The Saudi government has dismissed that allegation.

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