Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, according to the CIA, the Washington Post reports.
This contradicts the Saudi government’s claims that Khashoggi, who worked with the above mentioned newspaper, was not involved in the killing.
According to the report, officials said there was high confidence in the CIA assessment.
It states that a team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.
The CIA, in reaching its conclusion, according to the report, examined multiple sources of intelligence.
These included a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi.
Khalid told Khashoggi that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the documents and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so.
The CIA, according to the report, sees Mohammed as a “good technocrat,” a U.S. official said, but also as volatile and arrogant, someone who “goes from zero to 60, doesn’t seem to understand that there are some things you can’t do.”