Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least eleven messages to the Advisor, overseeing the efforts to kill Jamal Khashoggi in the hours surrounding the journalist's assassination, according to a classified Wall Street Journal CIA report.
The Crown Prince told his advisers "we could possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements" if Khashoggi, who was previously based in Virginia, did not return to Saudi Arabia.
The Journal reported that the CIA analysis of the message "seems to suspect the Saudi Arabia operation launched against Khashoggi."
Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist and an outspoken critic of the Saudi leadership, was killed on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to receive marriage documents for his upcoming wedding.
According to the CIA, the agency has "medium to high confidence" that the prince "personally aimed at Khashoggi and" probably ordered his death.
Despite the findings, the report also said, "To be clear, we lack the direct reporting that the Crown Prince has issued a kill order."
Prince Mohammed apparently sent the electronic messages to Advisor Saud Ali. Qahtani, who oversees the 1
The report said it is unclear in the excerpts whether the comments come directly from the Crown Prince or come from someone who describes the communication.
The CIA concluded last month that Prince Mohammed had ordered the assassination, a connection that President Donald Trump has tried to dispel doubts Trump made a statement that the defense of the kingdom as a "great ally" and the refusal, the To blame the princes. He said, "maybe he did and maybe he did not" ordered the murder.
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Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis declined to respond to the links. Mattis recently insisted that the US had "no smoking weapon" attached to Prince Mohammed.
The reluctance of the Trump administration to recognize reports from the judiciary conflicts with the demands of US legislators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who demanded a lawsuit for Khashoggi's death, which he described as "disgusting". designated holds dear and stands for.
The Senate condemned Trump last week when he proposed a bill to end Saudi Arabia's support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemeni civil war, a law rejected by the Trump government.