Central Intelligence Agency briefing on Khashoggi solidifies senators’ view of Prince Mohammed’s complicity

06 Décembre, 2018, 14:09 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Khalid did not attend the funeral, however, despite earlier saying he meant to go, NBC reported.

The prosecutor's office has concluded there is "strong suspicion" that Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed al-Asiri, both removed from their positions in October, were among the planners of Khashoggi's Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the officials said.

However, a USA official told NBC that Khalid is not expected to be expelled from the country and would continue on as ambassador.

The official website which was launched on Tuesday for the Arab-American Islamic Summit and said that the "48 hours' dialogue will change the rules of the game".

Mattis and Pompeo have defended the strategic relationship and downplayed the crown prince's ties to the murder. The Saudi coalition faced criticism for indiscriminately bombing civilian targets and infrastructure, though the Trump administration argues the situation would be much worse without USA assistance.

Khashoggi's Washington Post editor, Karen Attiah, said that he should be expelled from the U.S. outright.

Khalid has also been accused of playing a role in the murder of Khashoggi.

The CIA's assessment is reportedly based on intercepted communications and a recording from within the Saudi consulate in Turkey where the murder occurred. He has consistently reminded the press that the crown prince told him he had nothing to do with Khashoggi's disappearance.

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They did so against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said USA involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

"His Royal Highness the Ambassador is in Washington" embassy spokeswoman Fatimah Baeshen told AFP.

Prince Khalid has denied what he called a "serious accusation".

"I think they are tired of him being the only person - they can not play anybody else against him - and that is, I think, one of the reasons that made the USA reaction to the murder greater, because now there is only one person to go to, there is only one address in Riyadh, and that is MBS". "I ask the USA government to release any information regarding this claim".

The decision to limit Haspel's briefing to fewer than a dozen senators has angered others, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters after an hourlong briefing by Gina Haspel, the Central Intelligence Agency director.

Prince Mohammed "is a wrecking ball", Sen.

"While I will not discuss the content of the Haspel briefing, it reinforced the need for a strong response to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", the New York Democrat said.

"It'll have teeth", said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, who added that the senators are trying to piece together various proposals into one plan to achieve bipartisan consensus.

The resolution says that the Senate believes the crown prince, known informally as "MbS", "was in control of the security forces at the time of Jamal Khashoggi's murder" and "based on evidence and analysis made available to this institution, has a high level of confidence" in his complicity in the October 2 murder.

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