According to recent reports, the CIA believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Hashoghi.
Sources close to the CIA said it had made a detailed assessment of the evidence.
Of course, there is no “smoking smoker”, but US authorities believe that such an operation will require the approval of the heir to the throne.
However, Saudi Arabia called the allegation false and insisted that Prince Mohammed knew nothing about the assassination plans.
Saudi Arabia insists Jamal Hashoghi was killed in a “fraudulent operation.”
The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken to CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the CIA’s assessment of Hashoghi’s assassination.
Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not provide details, but said President Trump trusted the CIA.
Prior to the briefing, the president stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia to the United States, as he had done since the news of Jamal Hashoghi’s assassination.
Although there has been widespread international condemnation of Jamal Hashoghi’s assassination, few have prevented significant action.
Jamal Hashoghi was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd to obtain a marriage certificate. The journalist’s body was not found.
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Turkey also insists that the order for the Saudi dissident came from the highest levels.
The Washington PostJamal Hashoghi, for whom he worked, said the CIA’s assessment was based in part on a phone call from the brother of Crown Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
Prince Khalid is said to have called Jamal Hashoghi on his brother’s instructions and assured him that it would be safe for him to go to the consulate.
However, Prince Khalid, who is now in Saudi Arabia, wrote on Twitter that he had not been in contact with Jamal Hashoghi for nearly a year.
The prince said he never suggested that Jamal Hashoghi – who was in London for a conference the day before his disappearance – go to Turkey for any reason.
Of course, CIA agents also considered calling a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed from the team that carried out the assassination.
Sources quoted in the media emphasize that there is no evidence to link Crown Prince Mohammed directly to the assassination, but officials believe such an operation would need his approval.
At a news conference in Riyadh on November 15th, Deputy Prosecutor Shalaan bin Raji Shalaan said Jamal Hashoghi had been given a lethal injection and his body dismembered at the consulate after his death.
The body parts were then handed over to a local “assistant” off the field, the prosecutor added.
A compositional sketch of the collaborator has been made and investigations are underway to find the remains.
Eleven unidentified individuals have been charged with the death of Jamal Hashoghi, and the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of them.