Saudi Arabia’s crown prince may agree to an operation to kill or arrest a US-based journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a recently opened US intelligence report released Friday, which could increase pressure on the Biden government to hold the kingdom accountable for the killings. that is interesting bipartisan and international outrage.
The main conclusion of the report is widely expected given that intelligence officials are said to have reached it in the immediate aftermath of the brutal October 2, 2018 killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s consolidation of authoritarian rule.
However, as the findings have not been officially released until now, the assignment of public responsibility is a tremendous rebuke from the ambitious 35-year-old crown prince and is likely to set the tone for the new government’s relationship with a country, President Joe. Biden has criticized but the White House also views him in some contexts as a strategic partner.
The report was released one day after a slower than usual call of honor from Biden to Saudi King Salman, although the White House summary of the conversation made no mention of the killing and said instead that the men had discussed the two countries’ longstanding partnership.
Nor did the state-run Saudi Press Agency mention Khashoggi’s killing in its report on the call, but instead focused on regional issues such as Iran and the ongoing war in Yemen.
Khashoggi has visited the Saudi consulate in Turkey to collect the documents needed for his marriage. Once inside, he died at the hands of more than a dozen Saudi security and intelligence officials and other people who had gathered before his arrival ..
Surveillance cameras had tracked his route and those of his alleged killer in Istanbul hours before his murder.
A Turkish bug planted in the consulate reportedly picked up the sound of a forensic saw, operated by a Saudi colonel who is also a forensic expert, dismembering Khashoggi’s body within an hour of entering the building. The whereabouts of his remains are still unknown.
The prince said in 2019 he was fully responsible for the killings since it occurred under his watch, but denied ordering it. Saudi officials say Khashoggi’s murder was the work of rogue Saudi security and intelligence officials. A Saudi Arabian court last year announced that it had sentenced eight Saudi nationals to prison for the killing of Khashoggi. They were not identified.
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