Saudi Crown Prince Approved Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing


US intelligence has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Turkey to “capture or kill” veteran journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but the Biden administration stopped short of sanctioning the Gulf kingdom’s heir.

The four-page report declassified by the White House and released on Friday said the assessment was based on factors including Prince Mohammed’s “control of decision-making in the kingdom”.

The report pointed to direct involvement of key lieutenants of the crown prince in the 2018 operation against Khashoggi, as well as members of his elite protective detail, the Rapid Intervention Force. It also noted Prince Mohammed’s personal “support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi”.