CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing: Reports

NEW DELHI: The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to sources. American officials have expressed high confidence in the agency’s assessment.

The conclusion is based on a recording provided by the Turkish government and other evidence, including American intelligence. Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul last month. It is not clear if Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be killed, but he made the call at his brother’s direction, according to the people familiar with the call, which was intercepted by U.S. intelligence.

The White House declined to comment on the Post report, saying it was an intelligence matter. The State Department also declined to comment. Khalid denied having any recent communications with Khashoggi, saying in a statement from an Embassy spokesperson that the last time he’d communicated with the columnist was in October of 2017.

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