Blog note: The ongoing narrative concerning Mohammed Bin Salman and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is indicative of the ‘fruit of the spirit’ coming forth from MBS. Deep deception, cover-ups, denials, deferrals, lies, contradictions, scapegoating, distancing, evil intentions, etc. Sure, this is nothing new for any despot who is accused of killing a dissenter of someone who is critical of an autocrat. But consider this … take this into account with EVERYTHING Mohammed Bin Salman has done in the past two short years or so, he has suddenly come on the scene in the Middle East. Is it a coincidence that he is launching NEOM? Is it a coincidence that NEOM sits in the middle of seven mountains including Mt. Sinai? Is it coincidence that Mohammed Bin Salman is in line to be the 8th King of Saudi Arabia from the House of Saud (lineage of Saud). He is of the seven (kings) that came before him. End of note.
CIA finds Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing – report
Washington Post says Mohammad bin Salman’s brother, the Saudi ambassador to the US, advised journalist to attend Istanbul consulate
Guardian staff and Reuters. Fri 16 Nov 2018 19.10 EST
The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, the Washington Post has reported.
The Post said US officials expressed high confidence in the CIA assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that he was not involved.
It is the strongest assessment to date linking Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler to the killing, and complicates Donald Trump’s efforts to safeguard US ties with one of the closest allies. The crown prince has denied any involvement or knowledge of the murder of Khashoggi, a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, on 2 October this year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he visited to get a document for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee.
The White House declined to comment on the Post report, saying it was an intelligence matter. The State Department also declined to comment.
The Post, citing people familiar with the matter, said the CIA reached its conclusions after examining 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 told Khashoggi 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, the Post said. The newspaper, citing people familiar with the call, said it was not clear if Khalid knew Khashoggi would be killed, but he made the call at his brother’s direction.
Maher Mutreb, a security official who has often been seen at the crown prince’s side, made the call to Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Prince Mohammed, to inform him the operation had been completed, the Post said, citing people familiar with the call.
After the Post published its story, Khalid bin Salman denied telling Khashoggi to go to Turkey. He tweeted that the last contact he had with Khashoggi was via text on 26 October 2017, nearly a year before the journalist’s death. “I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” he said in his Twitter message.
Earlier this week Saudi Arabia said it would pursue the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing. The Saudi public prosecutor claimed Saudi agents – including the head of forensics at the national intelligence service and members of Mohammed bin Salman security detail – had orders to abduct Khashoggi but decided to kill him when he resisted.
The claim had been contradicted by an earlier Saudi finding that the murder was premeditated. Mohammed bin Salman was not implicated in the murder, a spokesman for the prosecutor said.