Saudi Crown Prince Bears Ultimate Responsibility for Dissident's Killing

Turkish officials claim Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered in the consulate by a hit squad which arrived from Riyadh - claims denied by the Saudi government.

Director of U.S.' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Gina Haspel, who is in Turkey to work on the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has listened to the "compelling" audio tape of the brutal killing, Washington Post reported late Wednesday.

Months before he was killed, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi made an ominous prediction about the U.S. and its relationship with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS.

"We continue to view as achievable the twin imperative of protecting America and holding accountable those responsible for the killing of Mr. Khashoggi", Pompeo said.

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Trump, however, told reporters he wanted to get all the facts on Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before agreeing with Erdogan's assessment.

The three-day conference, called the Future Investment Initiative but dubbed "Davos in the desert", is important for the Saudis, but has already been boycotted by many Western business leaders and politicians in the wake of the Khashoggi scandal.

After two weeks of Saudi denials, officials eventually said Khashoggi was "mistakenly" killed during a brawl in the consulate.


After Khashoggi disappeared, Saudi Arabia denied involvement for almost three weeks. "I believe it is painful for every human in the world", he said.

He and the crown prince also met the writer's sons Sahel and Salah.

Saudi Arabia has said that Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi royal family, was killed October 2 in a "fistfight" with officials sent to encourage him to return to the kingdom. "I have people in Turkey and I have people in Saudi Arabia and other places, and they're all coming back as we speak, they're heading back", he said. But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States has identified some of the Saudi government and security officials it believes were involved in Mr Khashoggi's murder and would take appropriate actions including revoking U.S. visas.

The brutal death of Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist critical of the crown prince, has sparked global outrage and threatened relations between Riyadh and Washington as well as other Western nations. Critics allege that bin Salman, now crown prince, may have ordered Kahshoggi's killing.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had identified some of the Saudi government and security officials it believed were involved in Mr Khashoggi's murder and would take appropriate actions, including revoking USA visas.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the president told reporters at the White House that Saudi authorities had staged the "worst cover-up ever" over the incident, and that they had handled the matter badly.


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