The American media has quoted their sources within intelligence community that CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month. CIA is convinced that Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, is contrary to the facts.
The democrats and some Republican law makers in the House could use this assessment from CIA to put pressure on the Trump administration to take strict measures and actions against Saudi crown prince. This assessment can damage the position of crown prince who has been desperately trying to put this case at the backburner.
The Trump administration and official circles are maintaining their silence over these reports. They are not either confirming or denying the conclusions of CIA. The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally.
A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.
CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence and other available material including a phone call that the crown prince’s brother prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence. Prince Khalid 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.
American media can produce more material and stories to keep the trump administration under pressure.
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17 November, 2019