"This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement", said Aktay, who was close to the journalist.
The Saudi crown prince called Jamal Khashoggi a unsafe Islamist during a phone call with Jared Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton days after the journalist disappeared last month at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, according to a report on Thursday. "We are going to hold accountable not only those who executed the murder but also those who led, involved or were connected to it", Palladino said. And even though Riyadh already confirmed that the journalist was indeed killed and his body 'disappeared, ' the United States administration is still trying to determine individual figures it could blame and punish.
A senior Israeli official also told Channel 10, "What happened with Khashoggi's murder is very problematic, and that's an understatement".
While insisting the United States did not condone Khashoggi's killing, the top USA diplomat said the United States had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".
Turkey's chief prosecutor on Wednesday confirmed for the first time that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on October 2 as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed.
"We made a commitment of holding accountable all those responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", the USA chief diplomat noted in a separate WIBK radio interview. "To claim otherwise would be ridiculous", the statement said.
Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of worldwide condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic.
His body has not yet been found, but Turkey, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have all agreed that he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.
Khashoggi entered the consulate last month to get a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.
Turkey is trying to extradite 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia so they can be tried in a Turkish court. Saudi public prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb offered a different explanation last week when he said the killing was premeditated.
The US will need a "handful more weeks" to decide if Saudi Arabia should be somehow sanctioned for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Mike Pompeo has said, noting that Riyadh remains a "great partner" serving US national security.
"Jamal Khashoggi was not a risky person in any way possible".