Central Intelligence Agency claims Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing in messages to hit squad

Central Intelligence Agency claims Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing in messages to hit squad

Central Intelligence Agency claims Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi killing in messages to hit squad

May's spokesperson confirmed the meeting with bin Salman, who has been accused of allegedly ordering the killing of Khashoggi, will be conveyed Friday evening.

Asked if the Central Intelligence Agency had concluded with "high confidence" that Prince Mohammed, de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, was involved, Pompeo said: "I can't comment on intelligence matters, CIA conclusions".

Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis said the question of holding the killers responsible and the strategic importance of the US-Saudi relationship were separate issues.

Top officials from the administration of US President Donald Trump have said they've seen no direct evidence linking the murder to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but the Central Intelligence Agency reportedly has found a connection.

In more than 400 messages sent to an exiled Saudi activist in Canada, revealed by CNN, Khashoggi paints the Prince as someone who relentlessly preys on his critics, saying, "The more victims he eats, the more he wants". The US president also chose not to have a formal meeting with Prince Mohammed's foremost detractor, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The assessment also details communication between the crown prince and his associates in August 2017 about how to trap Khashoggi.

That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for The Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"We have no interest in harming the Saudi Arabian state or the Saudi royal family".

Saudi Arabia has been a major provider of economic assistance to Mauritania since the days of King Faisal, who visited the North African country in 1972, 12 years after it gained independence from France. Putin said in October he lacked information about the matter and said Russian Federation would not tear up its relations with Saudi Arabia because of it.

The adviser in question, Saud al-Qahtani, was sanctioned by the White House last month for his involvement in Khashoggi's death. But some members of Congress have called for further action, and Republicans have begun defecting from the administration over its support for the Saudis. The group even petitioned the country's government, requesting that Mauritanian authorities sever ties with Saudi Arabia as long as Riyadh remains engaged in the war in Yemen.

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