Editor's note on Oct. 21, 2018: Though some of the 15 men were wrongly accused, it has emerged that the rest of those in the leaked footage were involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
A new scenario emerged around the disappearance of the Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi. Leaked by Turkish and Qatari media, the scenario was quickly proven wrong, after it falsely accused Saudi tourists who were in Istanbul’s Ataturk airport with being the crew of a private Saudi jet that was linked to Khashoggi’s disappearance in Istanbul.
Through their official news agency, Turkish security authorities had announced on Tuesday, October 9, that the Saudi jet underwent thorough inspection prior to its departure, and there was no evidence or even suspicion around its relation to Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Several pictures surfaced of the tourists at the Ataturk airport, in the regular commercial airlines' terminal, and not the one for private jets. They were also shown to be regular tourists, who do not work as crew members. One of the misused pictures is of a man and his wife at the airport, with regular travelers behind them.