Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of the regime, has been missing for more than a week after going to the Saudi consulate general in Istanbul to obtain wedding papers.
The official said it is unclear if there was ever a plan to kill the journalist or if something went wrong at the consulate and he might have been killed in the process of trying to kidnap and bring him home. The official said it is believed getting Khashoggi to the consulate was a backup plan, because they couldn’t get him to fly back to Saudi Arabia.
The official said there is no hard evidence as to whether he is dead or alive
The source did not say when the US became aware of the discussions. As CNN reported earlier this week, intercepted communications were being reviewed in the wake of Khashoggi’s disappearance.
This official would not go so far as to say Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered it but said such a plan couldn’t take place without his approval – although he may not have known the specifics of the operation.
The Washington Post first reported the details of the intercepts