Jamal Khashoggi murder approved by Saudi Crown Prince: US intelligence report
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Jamal Khashoggi murder approved by Saudi Crown Prince: US intelligence report

The US Intelligence report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, released Friday, found that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill the Saudi journalist.

According to the report, at the time of the murder, the Crown Prince likely fostered an environment in which aides were afraid that failure to complete tasks might result in him firing or arresting them. This suggests that aides were unlikely to question the Prince’s orders or undertake sensitive actions without his consent.

The report explains that the Crown Prince viewed the journalist as a threat and broadly supported using violent measures if necessary to silence him.

“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the report’s executive summary states. “Since 2017, the Crown Prince has had absolute control of the Kingdom’s security and intelligence organizations, making it highly unlikely that the Saudi officials would have carried out an operation of this nature without the Crown Prince’s authorization.”

Though the Trump administration was more supportive of the Crown Prince’s actions, the Biden administration has since condemned the violence, stating that this “lawlessness won’t stand.”