The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul final month, based on U.S. media stories.
The Washington Put up reported that the CIA got here to that conclusion after reviewing an array of proof, together with a taped telephone name through which the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Khaled bin Salman — youthful brother of the crown prince — informed Khashoggi to go to the Saudi consulate to select up his wedding ceremony paperwork and warranted him that he can be protected.
In keeping with the Put up, Khaled spoke to Khashoggi on the crown prince’s behest, though it wasn’t clear if he knew Khashoggi was going to be killed. The decision was intercepted by U.S. intelligence.
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The Wall Avenue Journal later cited a U.S. official saying Khashoggi’s killing “wouldn’t and couldn’t have occurred” with out Prince Mohammed’s approval, and that the CIA’s conclusions on the Khashoggi killing have been based mostly on an intensive understanding of how Saudi Arabia operates.
Intelligence officers briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about their evaluation, the New York Instances reported.
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Khaled took to Twitter on Friday night to disclaim that he ever informed Khashoggi to go to the Saudi consulate. He claimed that his final contact with Khashoggi was in October 2017.
“I by no means talked to him by telephone and definitely by no means steered he go to Turkey for any motive. I ask the U.S. authorities to launch any data concerning this declare,” Khaled tweeted.
Reuters and the Related Press every cited officers aware of U.S. intelligence assessments confirming the CIA’s place that Khashoggi’s killing didn’t and couldn’t have occurred with out the involvement of Prince Mohamed.
In keeping with the Reuters, the CIA has already briefed different U.S. authorities departments on its evaluation.
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The CIA’s conclusion contradicts the Saudi authorities’s assertions that its crown prince was not concerned within the slaying of Khashoggi, a Washington Put up columnist.
On Thursday, the Saudi public prosecutor mentioned it will search the dying penalty for 5 suspects within the homicide. Two of them are senior officers with shut ties to Prince Mohammed.
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The Trump administration has additionally sanctioned a number of people over their alleged hyperlinks to the killing.
The White Home declined to touch upon the Put up report, saying it was an intelligence matter. The State Division additionally declined to remark.
Turkish officers have mentioned the killing was intentional and have been pressuring Saudi Arabia to extradite these accountable to face trial. An adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of making an attempt to cowl up the homicide.
— With recordsdata from Reuters
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