Sunday, 18 November 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Could Be Behind Khashoggi Murder ::CIA

Saudi Crown Prince Could Be Behind Khashoggi Murder ::CIA

According to reports from the C.I.A they strongly suggesting that the Saudi crown prince is behind the killing of Khashoggi despite the fact that they do not have any tangible evidence linking him to the murder.

Besides implicating the prince, the CIA has also put US President Donald Trump in a fix by leaking its conclusion to the media.

 US officials have "high confidence" in the CIA’s assessment, which is the most definitive to date linking Prince Salman to the operation, the Washington Post, which was the first to report the development said, even as other US media picked up on the explosive conclusion. 

In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, the paper said, adding that while is not clear if Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be killed, he made the call at his brother’s direction.

 Khalid denied through a social media post he had made such a phone call and said he the text he had sent did not suggest Khashoggi go to Turkey, and entrapment that US agencies are implying. 

 Part of the CIA's conclusion was based on the fact that Prince Salman is a hands on ruler who micromanages affairs in the kingdom and, in the words of one US official, "there is no way this happened without him being aware or involved." 

Saudi Arabia has suggested that the Khashoggi's murder was a rendition-gone-wrong and his killers overstepped their brief, which was to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia or to kidnap him. 

But the CIA leak, with excerpts from bugged conversations and cctv footage, some of which has also been leaked by the Turkish government in an effort to put the Saudi royal family on the mat, suggests an official hit squad. 

 The CIA conclusion and its leak has put the Trump White House and its Israeli allies in a fix, since their middle-east policies are premised on mostly Sunni Saudi Arabia being a bulwark against largely Shiite Iran.

 The President's son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties with the Saudi crown prince and the Trump administration has been salivating at the prospect of a $ 110 billion purchase of American arms by the Saudis that will mean a lot of jobs in the United States. 

"With “friends” and allies like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration must wonder: Who needs an actual enemy like Iran in the Middle East?" wrote one US analyst, concluding that "the scandal now threatens the US.

 Middle East alliance structure and the Trump administration’s strategy to isolate and contain Iran."

 The US State Department has imposed sanctions against 17 Saudis linked to the Khashoggi murder, and its spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday 

“this is not the last you have heard from the US. government on this very issue, the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

 But no one seriously expects the Trump administration to call Prince Salman to account, though it gives a handle for Democratic lawmakers on the Hill to embarrass the Republican administration.

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