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CIA: Saudi Crown Prince Sent 11 Text Messages to Adviser Who Oversaw Khashoggi Killing at Time of His Death
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49539"><span class="small">Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill</span></a>   
Saturday, 01 December 2018 14:09

Rodrigo writes: "Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his adviser, who oversaw the effort to kill Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, around the time of Khashoggi's killing, according to a classified CIA report obtained by The Wall Street Journal."

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman laughs with Vladimir Putin. (photo: Getty)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman laughs with Vladimir Putin. (photo: Getty)


CIA: Saudi Crown Prince Sent 11 Text Messages to Adviser Who Oversaw Khashoggi Killing at Time of His Death

By Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill

01 December 18

 

audi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his adviser, who oversaw the effort to kill Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, around the time of Khashoggi's killing, according to a classified CIA report obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

According to the excerpts of the assessment reported by the Journal, the crown prince told associates in August 2017 "we could possibly lure [Khashoggi] outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements," if the crown prince could not convince the dissident Saudi journalist, who was living in Virginia, to return to Saudi Arabia.

The Journal noted that it was unclear from the excerpts whether the comments came directly from the crown prince or from someone describing his communications.

The report states that the communication "seems to foreshadow the Saudi operation launched against Khashoggi," according to the Journal.

Another excerpt reportedly states that the CIA has “medium-to-high confidence” that Crown Prince Mohammed “personally targeted” Khashoggi and “probably ordered his death.”

“To be clear, we lack direct reporting of the Crown Prince issuing a kill order,” according to the excerpts reported by the Journal.

The adviser in question, Saud al-Qahtani, was sanctioned by the White House last month for his involvement in Khashoggi's death.

The Senate on Wednesday advanced a resolution that would end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen’s civil war, issuing a rebuke to Trump after the White House opposed the bill. The resolution advanced even as the administration vowed to stand by Saudi Arabia following global outcry over the killing of Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain marriage documents for his upcoming wedding.

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+22 # DongiC 2018-12-01 16:53
I can't understand why Saudi Arabia's petroleum resources are so damned important when the human species is nearing a ban of fuel oil because of its effect upon global warming. We must wean ourself and our cultures from that dreadful stuff lest we perish indeed. The Saudis will just have to find another way to enrich themselves; mining their resources is out.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-02 09:38
Dong -- it is not Saudi Arabia's oil reserves anymore. It is Saudi Arabia's money in the US stock market -- well over a trillion dollars. And it is Saudi bribes paid to powerful political people and families. The Saudis virtually own the Bush family. Read Craig Unger's "House of Saud / House of Bush." And the Clinton's have been bought as well. The oil is only something the Fake News talks about so they won't have to mention that the US government has been bought and paid for.
 
 
+3 # James Klimaski 2018-12-02 03:32
At G-20 MBS greeted Putin with a high five. Both were laughing. They were laughing at Trump who was sitting a few feet away. Trump is now the dog they can kick around and he can't even bark back. How are the Republican Senators in Congress going to act?. Are they going to be the dogs that Trump can kick around at the expense of the American people.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-02 09:05
Don't we already know the CIA and NSA intercept all communications of all people on earth, especially people with any power. They know everything MbS has ever said, So why not tell us some really important things about US - Saudi relations?

Personally, I'm getting tired of the Khashoggi story. The Saudi government murders people all the time and in gruesome ways. Head chopping is a Saudi tradition but it is also a CIA tradition.

Why not publicize much more important stories. Here are three that concern me --

1. the use of forced detention and solitary confinement for "enemies of the US state." This includes Manafor, Butin, Assange, and many more. Solitaary confinement is torture. It induces psychosis and can do permanent brain damage. All the people now being forced into solitary confinement are showing signs of psychosis. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Why not publicize the hell out of this torture regime?

2. The economic warfare being conducted by the US government (Trump following Obama) all over the world. These include economic sanctions, boycotts/embarg os, trade wars, and the like. These only hurt the poor people of these nations. Hundreds of millions of people are having their lives destroyed. Their children are malnourished. Why does the US engage in this sort of warfare against civilians?

3. The collapsing Nazi regime in Ukraine. This is getting dangerous. Poroshenko has a 7-9% approval rating but he won't leave power. A revolt is coming.