Saudi Arabia has examined the possibility of assassinating senior Iranian officials and to that end recruited the help of an Israeli national with intelligence background, the New York Times reported on Sunday.
However, Saudi officials have denied that the attack was ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler, despite several of the men accused of killing Khashoggi being seen in his security detail in the past. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, one of 15 Saudis dispatched to Istanbul to confront Mr. While translations of the Arabic may differ, the people briefed on the call said Mr. Mutreb also said to the aide words to the effect of "the deed was done". Mutreb is a security officer who frequently travels with the crown prince.
He added: 'It is pretty incriminating evidence'.
Asked about the recordings, Hunt declined to comment on intelligence matters but said: "My understanding of what actually happened is not dissimilar to what I've been reading about in the newspapers".
Turkish sources had said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.
Britain's top diplomat met Monday with King Salman in Saudi Arabia, where he was expected to press the kingdom to fully cooperate with a Turkish investigation into last month's killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
The audio recordings shocked a Saudi intelligence official, Erdoğan told reporters on his return to Ankara on Monday night from first world war commemorations in France, where he said the affair was discussed with his US, French and German counterparts.
'The recording is really appalling. In fact, when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recording he was so shocked that he said 'this one probably took heroin. "Only someone who took heroin would do it".
The furious Turkish remarks towards France were the most direct public expression yet of a concern in Ankara that Western countries with close commercial relations with Riyadh might soft-pedal their response to the Khashoggi killing.
General Assiri was dismissed last month when the Saudi government acknowledged Khashoggi's killing and said he had organised the operation.
Under pressure, Saudi Arabia has moved from claiming Khashoggi left its consulate untouched, to acknowledging he died, to admitting he was murdered by a death squad sent to kill him.
Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist and was living in self-imposed exile in the USA before his death. "Saudi Arabia's government can disclose this by making these 15 people talk", Erdogan said. "We are still waiting for elements from the Saudis", the diplomat said.
Under mounting pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing. "Yes", replied Trudeau, adding that he has not himself heard the tapes.
Erdogan did not elaborate on how and when the Saudi official listened to the recording.