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Turkey has requested a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, after saying that a journalist was murdered within its walls.

The day before, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stated that he was ready to allow Turkey to search for the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi within the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. He also indicated that the Saudi government is "very keen to know what happened to him".

The whistleblower organization tweeted that no British newspaper had led their Monday front pages with news about Khashoggi's suspected murder despite the fact that news agencies like the Associated Press and Reuters were all reporting on the story - and suggested that the lack of interest from the United Kingdom papers was due to the fact that they "all take Saudi money". The right to a free press is the base upon which the people's relationship with the government rests. "If media reports prove correct, we will treat the incident seriously - friendships depend on shared values", he wrote.

Turkey's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador over the issue.

"If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia", Murphy wrote on Twitter. Turkish police quickly said he never left the building as there was no security footage of his departure. Saudi officials had no immediate comment.

WikiLeaks has hit out at United Kingdom newspapers which have been curiously circumspect about the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week. The search proved fruitless and the plane took off again afterwards, it said.

A Turkish official told the Reuters news agency that they fear Mr Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in a premeditated murder and his body removed from the building. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan said Monday on a visit to Budapest. His disappearance sparked global concern.

A man holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest Monday organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. "I hope we won't encounter an undesirable situation".

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Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

The interior minister said on Saturday the kingdom was keen to uncover "the whole truth", according to the official Saudi Press Agency, stressing reports "about orders to kill" are "baseless".

Saudi authorities continue to insist they played no role in Khashoggi's disappearance.

The two countries have such an obligation under both criminal law and worldwide human rights law, she said. Iran and Saudi Arabia are longstanding rivals.

In the tweet, Poole wrote: "I didn't realize until yesterday that Jamal Khashoggi was the author of this notorious 1988 Arab News article of him tooling around Afghanistan with Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda co-founder Abdullah Azzam".

A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper, he was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family.

Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US, sought to convey sympathy with carefully moderate criticism in a note to friends in English the embassy shared with reporters. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar previous year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

A Turkish official said an "initial assessment" by police concluded Mr Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate.