US intelligence report has concluded that MBS personally approved the murder of journalist

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US intelligence report finds Saudi Crown Prince responsible for approving operation that killed Khashoggi

A us intelligence report has concluded that saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman personally approved the murder of the exiled journalist jamal khashoggi in 2018. he was killed while visiting the saudi consulate in the turkish city of istanbul the declassified report says the prince approved a plan to either capture or kill khashoggi who had criticized the saudi regime this is the first time america has publicly named the crown prince who denies ordering the murder on north america correspondent.

it was at the saudi consulate in istanbul that jamal khashoggi met his brutal end he been lured there to discuss paperwork for his upcoming wedding but he was strangled as soon as he entered the building by a team of saudi assassins who then dismembered his body a saudi dissident who wrote a column for the washington post often criticizing his country’s authoritarian leadership the motive was to silence him the damning conclusion of the declassified intelligence report is that saudi arabia’s crown prince mohammed bin salman the country’s de facto leader approved an operation in istanbul to capture or kill the saudi journalist the assessment was based on the crown prince’s control of decision-making in the kingdom the direct involvement of a key advisor and members of his protective detail in the operation these aren’t new findings the trump administration has suppressed this report ahead of its release president joe biden spoke by phone to king salman of saudi arabia the crown prince’s father all part of a deliberate move by the new administration to alter the relationship with the saudis to be tougher on this oil rich kingdom our administration is focused on recalibrating the relationship as we’ve talked about in here previously and certainly there are areas where we will express concerns and leave open the option of accountability there are also areas where we will continue to work with saudi arabiagiven the threats they face in the region already mr biden has ordered an end to arm sales and other u.s support to the saudis in their war in yemen as a candidate he referred to saudi arabia as a pariah state but he’s stopped short of imposing sanctions on muhammad bin salman the future king who’s known as mbs this new tougher approach has drawn support from both democrats and leading republicans look this is a a journalist working on american soil working for an american publication and and he was murdered and dismembered this is something we can’t just look beyond there has to be a consequence.

donald trump was very much in step with the saudis significantly it was the first foreign country he visited as president and as well as turning a blind eye to the country’s human rights record he had a warm relationship with mohammed bin salman when they met at a g20 summit in japan he was asked about the murder of the saudi journalists but clearly didn’t want it to sour their personal rapport mr president thank you thank you very much i appreciate it under donald trump the saudis almost had a blank check those days are over.

this is a reset in relationsbetween washington and riyadh but the biden administration really has tried to limit the diplomatic fallout from the release of this report we haven’t seen administration officials rushing to the cameras to condemn saudi arabia and while they’ve announced what they’re calling a kosoji ban which is targeting foreign nationals who they say have intimidated or harassed or assaulted dissidents and journalists they haven’t imposed sanctions on muhammad bin salman the crown prince will go unpunished the saudis i should say have rejected this report the biden administration does not want to sever ties with saudi arabia it’s an important counterweight against iran but it does want its allies including britain to recalibrate their relations.