According to a new podcast, murdered writer Jamal Khashoggi was leading a double life with two separate women when he was slain, one of whom he had secretly married.
On Oct. 2, 2018, the Washington Post journalist was tortured and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where he was seeking paperwork to marry his fiancée Hatice Cengiz.
Cengiz had no knowledge Khashoggi was dating Egyptian flight attendant Hanan El-Atr at the time, or that he had secretly married her in Virginia just four months before, according to Yahoo! News’ “Conspiracyland.”
Cengiz told the investigative podcast that when he proposed to me, he said he had no one in his life.
El-Atr said she knew nothing about Cengiz, whom Kashoggi met when she was held for ten days by Emirati security officers who interrogated her about her contact with him.
El-Atr said that she and the journalist became an item when she began visiting him at his home in Washington, DC, twice a month for business in the early months of 2018.
Soon after, he proposed to her and texted her that she would be the “happiest bride.”
“I embrace you, kiss you, and pleasure you. According to the episode “A Tale of Two Women,” he texted her, “I take out a watch or a necklace or perfume I got for you to pleasure you.”
According to court papers seen by Yahoo News, they married on June 2, four months before his death, in an Islamic ceremony performed by an imam in a northern Virginia mosque.
However, they were never officially married since they never obtained a civil marriage license.
According to the podcast, the groom did buy her two rings for a total of $2,000, as evidenced by receipts from a local jewelry store.
But in the spring and summer of that year, he began taking regular flights to Istanbul to meet Cengiz, texting El-Atr to explain the travels by saying his “sister is here in Istanbul,” she told the podcast.
He also dropped down on one knee in front of Cengiz and purchased her jewelry, including a necklace and earrings, not long after proposing to her.
When her father began questioning him about his goals and background, he lied not only to Cengiz but also to her father, Cengiz recounted.
“My father is well aware that Arabs marry several times at the same time,” Cengiz explained. “After that, he said, ‘Are you sure you’re not married?’ It’s a touchy subject for my father,” says the narrator.
“I’m not married,” her soon-to-be husband protested. She said on the show, “I’m divorced,” referring to a previous marriage.
According to friends, it wasn’t the only aspect of the journalist’s life that he kept hidden.
Mohammed Soltan, an Egyptian-American human rights activist who worked with Khashoggi, says, “If someone sits across from you… and tells you that Jamal told them everything, they are 100 per cent lying to you.”
“Jamal segmented his life, telling various individuals different things about it. He didn’t provide anyone with a whole picture of his life.”
“He kept everything to himself, and he told various individuals what they needed to know. As a result, I had no idea who Hanan was,” he acknowledged.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who is being blamed by US intelligence for the gruesome murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi, looked to be learning a lot about the journalist who was a vocal opponent of his authority.
When one of his informants informed him that the Saudis had tapped into their conversations, Khashoggi is said to have responded, “Oh goodness… “May God be with us.”