By Caroline Linton CBS News October 19, 2018, 6:36 PM Saudi Arabia confirms Jamal Khashoggi was killed at embassy
Last Updated Oct 19, 2018 6:40 PM EDT
For the first time, Saudi Arabian state television said Friday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Saudi state television reported that an investigation found that a fight broke out at the embassy between Khashoggi and people who met him at the consulate.
The Saudi public prosecutor said 18 people have been arrested. The investigation is ongoing.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has dismissed his closest adviser Saud al-Qahtani, two sources told CBS News' Kylie Atwood. "You don't get much closer" to bin Salman, one source told Atwood.
Intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri is also out, sources said. CBS News reported earlier Friday that Saudi officials were considering blaming al-Assiri
Khashoggi, who was U.S.-based and wrote for The Washington Post, disappeared on Oct. 2 after going into the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Turkish officials have said, anonymously, that Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate, by a 15-man team.
It's unclear what the U.S. response will be. President Trump has promised "severe punishment" if the reports of Khashoggi's death were true, but also openly cautioned against actions that would risk U.S. business interests, including billions in arms sales. U.S. lawmakers, including Republican Senator Lindsay Graham have warned of tough action.
Khashoggi's last column was published Wednesday by The Washington Post.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.