The CIA has predetermined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of news-hound Jamal Khashoggi, NBC News reported Friday, citing a person briefed on the CIA’s assessment.
The CIA declined NBC Low-down’ request for comment Friday night.
The Washington Post, which senior reported the CIA findings, said the U.S. intelligence agency has high confidence in its discoveries. Khashoggi was a resident of the United States from Saudi Arabia, and he was a columnist for the Washington Set.
The Saudi Embassy in Washington denied the reports.
“The claims in this purported assessment are erroneous,” the embassy said in a statement. “We have and continue to hear various theories without aid the primary basis for these speculations.”
Khashoggi died after registering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia has remarked that Khashoggi died in an altercation at the consulate, but its explanations around the news-hawk’s death have changed more than once.
According to the Post’s announcement, the CIA looked into a phone call between the crown prince’s fellow, who also serves as the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Khalid bin Salman and Khashoggi. Creators told the Post that during that call, Khashoggi was head up to pick up documents at the consulate.
While the Post said it was not clear whether Khalid bin Salman comprehended that Khashoggi would be killed, sources told the Post that he fabricated the call at his brother’s request.
Khalid bin Salman made a response to the Assignment through Twitter in which he denied any phone communication with Khashoggi numberless recent than about a year ago.
“As we told the Washington Post the aftermost contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017. I never talked to him by phone and certainly under no circumstances suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this command.”
On Thursday, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said he was seeking the eradication penalty for some of the suspects charged with Khashoggi’s murder.
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