The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gina Haspel, left on Monday for Turkey in the face of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to The Washington Post.
Haspel's arrival in Turkey will coincide with plans by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reveal details about the investigation of the alleged assassination at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
According to the US newspaper, which cites sources familiar with the trip, Haspel's arrival in Turkey suggests that US intelligence seeks access to the evidence allegedly held by Ankara, as an audio of the murder.
On Monday, US President Donald Trump said he was not "satisfied" with the explanations given by Saudi Arabia about the death of Khashoggi, who according to Riyadh died in a fight at the consulate.
"I am not satisfied with what I have heard," said Trump, who also revealed that there are US intelligence agents "of high level in Turkey" and that more details of what happened to the Saudi journalist will be revealed soon.
The US president has been favorable to punishing Saudi Arabia for the death of Khashoggi, although he has also said that the response must take into account the importance of Riyadh as a US trade partner.