WPMNews.com – The US intelligence agency, CIA, believes that Mohammad bin Salman ordered of journalist Jamal Khashoggi murdered, said US media. A source close to the intelligence agency said the CIA had analyzed the evidence in details.
Although there was no evidence directing the murder directly against the prince, US officials said the operation needed the approval of the crown prince. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia denied the allegations and said Prince Mohammad bin Salman did not know about the attempted murder. The Saudis insisted that Khashoggi was killed in an “illegal operation”.
On the other hand, on Saturday (17/11) US Deputy President Mike Pence vowed to make Khashoggi’s killer responsible. Speaking on the sidelines of a summit in Papua New Guinea, Pence said the US would “try its best to uncover those responsible for the killings.”
Khashoggi was killed on 2 October at Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Until now the Khashoggi’s body hasn’t been found. Turkey said the killing order came from the highest level of Saudi government.
The Washington Post newspaper, where Khashoggi works, calls the CIA examination partly based on phone calls from the crown prince’s elder brother, Prince Khaled bin Salman. Prince Khaled allegedly contacted Khashoggi at the behest of the crown prince and assured the journalist that it was safe for him to go to the consulate.
However, Prince Khaled said he had not communicated with Khashoggi for almost a year. He also denied “recommending” Khashoggi – who was in London to attend the conference before disappearing – to go to Turkey for any reason.
The White House and the US Foreign Ministry have not commented on any developments reported by the CIA, but sources say the two government agencies have received information about the CIA’s conclusions. In addition, the CIA also examined phone calls to senior assistant Prince Mohammad bin Salman, from the team that committed the murder.
Sources from the US media, there was no evidence that led directly to the crown prince, but the CIA was confident that the operation would require his approval. “An acceptable understanding is that it is impossible for this to happen without the crown prince’s knowledge or consent,” The Washington Post wrote, citing the source.
What did the Saudi Say About the Khashoggi Murder?
In a press conference in Riyadh, Deputy Public Prosecutor Shalaan bin Rajih Shalaan said, Khashoggi was injected with a deadly compound and then his body was mutilated inside the consulate. The pieces of Khashoggi’s body were then handed over to ‘local contractors’ outside the consulate location. This sketch of `local contractors’ was made and an investigation continued to find Khashoggi’s body.
Eleven people have been indicted for the murder of journalists critical of the Saudi government, and prosecutors have demanded the death penalty of five of them. Even so, Shalaan did not identify one of the accused’s murderers.
Khashoggi, who is a monthly columnist in the Washington Post, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to arrange marriage documents. The Turkish government calls the Khashoggi killings planned and carried out by Saudi secret agents.
On Friday (11/16) there were occult prayers for Khashoggi in Saudi and Turkey. The son of Khashoggi, Salah, met supporters of his father who performed supernatural prayers in Jeddah. Magical prayers were also held in Mecca, Medina and Istanbul. [dn]