CIA blames Saudi’s Crown Prince for Khashoggi death

The US Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, contradicting the Saudi government’s assertions that he was not involved. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was last seen entering the kingdom’s consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage.

Washington Post reported, in reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi. Khalid reportedly told Khashoggi that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so.

Meanwhile Fatimah Baeshen, a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said the ambassador and Khashoggi never discussed anything related to going to Turkey. She added that the claims in the CIA’s purported assessment are false. Officially Saudi Arabia has blamed the brutal murder of Khashoggi to rogue elements.

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