Over course of the last week, I’ve watched with increasing horror the reports of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi, who had spent the last year as a columnist for the Washington Post, entered the Saudi consulate on October 2 and never came out; Turkish authorities now believe he was murdered inside the consulate.
According to the Post and other outlets, the Saudi government flew a 15-man team on two private jets to Istanbul to conduct the operation against Khashoggi. Additionally, the Turkish news agency DHA identified the tail numbers of two planes that officials believe were connected to this operation. The theories surrounding Khashoggi’s disappearance appear to be supported by their flight data. …
“Shit,” I muttered in embarrassment, looking down at the cloud forest canopy twisting several hundred feet below me.
I grabbed the high-tension cable with my gloved hand to stop myself from spinning, while my ungloved hand reached up to the pulley to see if I could figure out what had stopped me in my tracks.
“On the plus side it looks like you’ve learned how to hand-break,” one of the guides yelled to me from the platform. “You gripped the line so hard you snapped your momentum.”
“Please don’t use the word ‘snapped’ while I’m dangling like this.”
“Hang on, I’ve got ya.” …