Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to the counselor who monitored the efforts to kill…
Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to the counselor who monitored the efforts to kill Jamal Khashoggi during the hours around the death of the journalist, according to a classified CIA report obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
The Crown Prince told his advisors: “We may be able to attract him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements” if Khashoggi, formerly resident in Virginia, did not return to Saudi Arabia.
The journal reported that the CIA analysis of the message “seems to shadow the Saudi operation launched against Khashoggi.”
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a vocal critic of Saudi leadership, were killed on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to receive marriage documents for his upcoming wedding.
The CIA assessment state agency has “means of high confidence” that the prince “personally targeted” Khashoggi and “probably ordered his death.”
Despite the results, the report also said: “To be clear, we immediately miss reporting the Crown Prince who issued a death order.”
Prince Mohammed apparently sent the electronic messages to Said al-Qahtani, who monitored the 1
5 manslaughter who killed Khashoggi, although the report says that the content of the messages is not known. Al-Qahtani was sanctioned by the White House last month for its involvement.
The report said it was unclear in the extracts if the comments came directly from the Crown Prince or from someone who describes the communication.
The CIA concluded last month that Prince Mohammed ordered the killing, a connection President Donald Trump has attempted to doubt. Trump issued a statement which included the defense of the Kingdom as a “great ally” and refusal to give the sign to the prince and said “maybe he and maybe he did not” ordered the killing.
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State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis has also denied himself to respond to relations, with Mattis recently insisting that the United States had “no smoking gun” attached to Prince Mohammed.
Trump Administration’s reluctance to acknowledge reports from the legal society is opposed to asking for a US response from legislators, including Majority leader Mitch McConnell, who demanded action against Khashoggi’s death, which he called “completely abominable across the United States, dear and standing for . “
The Senate opposed Trump last week when it presented a bill that would end US support for Saudi efforts in Jemens Civil War, a proposition opposed by the Trump Administration.