On October 2, 2018 was Khashoggi, who, among others, the Washington Post and worked in the United States lived, killed in Istanbul. The murder brought Saudi Arabia into a serious diplomatic crisis and tarnished the reputation of the crown prince, who is being accused behind the murder. Riyadh has the murder in the shoes pushed from the "uncontrolled elements".Read also Khashoggi and other journalists by Time named person of the Year “Prepared a bullet to use”
According to the New York Times would be the crown prince at one of his neighbors, Turki Al-Dakhil, in 2017 have said that if Khashoggi not volunteer to go to Saudi Arabia would return, but with violence had to happen and he was prepared to "have a ball" to use.
The conversation would be intercepted by the American intelligence services, which are currently several years of telephone communication, and text messages from the crown prince to the search, according to the New York Times.