It would probably astonish Jamal Khashoggi to learn that his vile assassination at the hands of a Saudi hit-squad in its Turkish consulate has not only triggered a wave of global revulsion, but a re-evaluation by the US of its two traditional western allies in the Middle East. A lot is at stake for Riyadh and Ankara as they navigate the aftermath of the whole shadowy affair. The details of what happened to Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who spent the past year in exile in the US writing columns for the Washington Post, are known both to the Saudi authorities and to the Turkish security services, which recorded the incident with bugs at the consulate and intercepts of the hit-squad’s smartphones. The Saudis keep changing their risibly implausible story to protect Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and de facto ruler, to whom the kingdom’s spies and enforcers report. Continuing leaks by Turkish intelligence are turning the screws on the young prince, chosen by US President D...

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