The leading US official told CNN on Friday. The conclusion is based on a recording by the Turkish government and…
The leading US official told CNN on Friday. The conclusion is based on a recording by the Turkish government and other evidence, including American intelligence.
Investigators also believe that an operation like the one who ended in Khashoggi’s death would not have happened without bin Salman’s knowledge that he had control over the government, said the US official.
A spokesman from Saudi embassy said in a statement that “allegations in the alleged assessment are false. We have and continue to hear different theories but see the primary basis for these speculations.”
According to the post, US officials have great faith for the CIA’s assessment.
A CIA spokesman refused to comment on the post. The Saudi government has denied bin Salman’s involvement in Khashoggi’s death.
Khashoggi, a former Saudi royal insider who became critic of the country’s government, disappeared in October after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to receive papers for his future marriage. The Saudi government offered altered explanations for Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Included in the United States intelligence analyzed by the CIA was a phone call that Prince Brothers Khalid bin Salman made to Khashoggi, encouraging the journalist to make the trip to the consulate to receive the documents, according to the post. Sources told the Post that Khalid called his brother’s command.
“I never talked to him by phone and never suggested that he should travel to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information about this statement,” said Khalid.
He said the last contact he had had with Khashoggi was via text in October 2017.
Fatimah Baeshen, a spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, told Post Khalid, the Saudi embassy in the United States, and Khashoggi never discussed “something related to traveling to Turkey . “
The CIA also examined a sound recording from the inside of the Saudi consulate from Turkey and a phone call placed from within the Consulate after Khashoggi was killed, by post.
Maher Mutreb, an alleged Saudi team and a security officer for the Crown Prince, placed the phone call to a top salesperson for bin Salman who informed the assistant that the job was done, people who knew the conversation told the newspaper.
The CIA does not know the location of Khashoggi residues, by post.
Trump administration on Thursday imposed a penalty of 17 people over their alleged roles at the killing of Khashoggi. Khashoggi’s murder has created a crisis for the Trump administration and drew attention to President Donald Trump’s business relationship with Saudi Arabia and the relationship between bin Salman and Trump’s grandson and senior counselor Jared Kushner.
Earlier on Thursday, the Seventh Prosecutor’s Office said 11 people had been charged for their involvement in Khashoggi’s death and added that five were facing death penalty to be directly involved in “ordering and executing the crimes”.
Khashoggi was killed after “a battle and a battle” at the Saudi consulate, the prosecutor said. Prosecutors said that Khashoggi was bound and injected with an overdose of a sedative that killed him. Then, according to prosecutors, his body was broken and removed from the consulate by five people.
CNN’s Donna Borak, Nicole Gaouette, Sarah El Sirgany, Nada Altaher, Bianca Britton and Jennifer Hauser contributed to this report. 19659021]