CIA Concludes That Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi Death

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 18, 2018

The sources told CNN that the CIA based its assessment on available intelligence, as opposed to any specific smoking gun-type of evidence.

The purported intercepted phone call - denied by the Saudis - between MBS's brother in Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman, and Khashoggi, urging him to visit the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, would appear to be at the behest of the crown prince.

The Washington Post reports that Mr Khashoggi was given reassurances that he would be safe. On Saturday, the US State Department's spokesman Heather Nauert refused to back the CIA's alleged findings.

While the reporting on the CIA's determination that the crown prince was the person who ordered the assassination was new on Friday, it's almost certain-if the assessment by an organization known for lying and misleading is to be believed-that the intelligence on which the agency has based this determination has been available to them-and therefore the president-for some time.

The sanctions freeze any assets the 17 may have in the U.S. and prohibit any Americans from doing business with them.

But he has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonize the Saudi rulers.

Prince Khalid also said that the newspaper did not publish the full response sent to it by a Saudi embassy spokesperson in response to inquiries about the CIA's alleged findings.

Visiting a Pacific regional conference in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, US Vice President Mike Pence said Washington would "follow the facts" while trying to preserve a "strong and historic partnership" with Saudi Arabia. The member of the administration closest to MBS is Jared Kushner, though Trump himself has admitted that he wants the sale of USA arms to MBS more than he wants Khashoggi's killer brought to justice.

Prince Khalid with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Turkey has also provided the recording to Britain, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia. But it wasn't until after he disappeared on October 2, that U.S. intelligence agencies began searching archives and found material about the Saudi royal family trying to lure Khashoggi back to Riyadh.

According to The Washington Post, for which Mr Khashoggi was a columnist, the Central Intelligence Agency found that 15 Saudi agents flew on government planes to Istanbul and carried out the killing at the Saudi consulate on 2 October. Khashoggi died in the office of the Saudi consul general, who can be heard expressing his displeasure that Khashoggi's body now needed to be disposed of and the facility cleaned of evidence, according to people familiar with the audio recording.

The CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, 59, according to reports from multiple news agencies. Sources told the Post that Khalid made the call at his brother's command.

The ambassador tweeted: "The last contact I had with Mr Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017".

"I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason".

US President Donald Trump, on a trip to California, said the killing "should never have happened" and said he would receive a report on Tuesday on who the US Government believed was to blame. The last text message the ambassador sent to Khashoggi was on October 26, 2017, she said.

Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime.

The Saudis have offered contradictory explanations for what happened to Khashoggi after he stepped inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

The CIA does not know the location of Khashoggi's remains, according to the Post. Mohammed has a close relationship with Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser who helps to lead the administration's Middle East strategy.

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