CIA Reportedly Found Saudi Prince Sent Messages to Adviser Involved in Khashoggi Killing Around Time of Murder

As the Trump administration publicly says there’s no definitive evidence yet the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a new report from The Wall Street Journal reveals some details from the CIA’s assessment.

The smoking gun in this particular report concerns revelations about MBS’ communications around the time of Khashoggi’s death:

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser, who oversaw the team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist’s death in October, according to a highly classified CIA assessment…

The electronic messages sent by Prince Mohammed were to Saud al-Qahtani, according to the CIA. Mr. Qahtani supervised the 15-man team that killed Mr. Khashoggi and, during the same period, was also in direct communication with the team’s leader in Istanbul, the assessment says.

The report also contains an apparent 2017 comment from MBS about efforts to “possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia.”

The Trump administration has been criticized for its lack of response to Khashoggi’s assassination, particularly after President Donald Trump‘s “the world is a very dangerous place!” statement. Just this week, national security adviser John Bolton said he hadn’t listened to the tape and got testy when confronted over why.

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