New evidence emerges that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman used threatening language concerning Jamal Khashoggi a year before he was murdered.

By |2019-02-08T05:39:17+00:00February 8th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

Remember that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a Saudi consulate in Turkey. 

Courtesy of NYT:

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a conversation in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed in October, if Mr. Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of the Saudi government, according to current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports.

The conversation, intercepted by American intelligence agencies, is the most detailed evidence to date that the crown prince considered killing Mr. Khashoggi long before a team of Saudi operatives strangled him inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and dismembered his body using a bone saw. Mr. Khashoggi’s murder prompted weeks of outrage around the world and among both parties in Washington, where senior lawmakers called for an investigation into who was responsible.

The Saudi government has denied that the young crown prince played any role in the killing, and President Trump has publicly shown little interest in trying to get the facts about who was responsible. Prince Mohammed, the next in line to the Saudi throne behind his ailing father, King Salman, has become the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia and a close ally of the Trump White House — especially Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser.

The conversation appears to have been recently transcribed and analyzed as part of an effort by intelligence agencies to find proof of who was responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s death. The National Security Agency and other American spy agencies are now sifting through years of the crown prince’s voice and text communications that the N.S.A. routinely intercepted and stored, much as the agency has long done for other top foreign officials, including close allies of the United States.

If this were ANY OTHER administration we would have already launched numerous investigations into this horrendous murder and likely have imposed crippling sanctions on Saudi Arabia and called for the arrest of MBS. 

But because he is pals with Jared Kushner and his father-in-law there have thus far been virtually no consequences. 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/feds-probe-ami-jeff-bezos_us_5c5dbff6e4b0650f4c0d8e63

    “According to Bezos, Pecker was “apoplectic” about a Washington Post investigation into his companies ― particularly research being done on links between AMI and the Saudi royal family. The publisher demanded that the Post owner release a canned statement claiming there is “no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces,” Bezos said.

    Other news outlets have reported a connection between AMI and the Saudis in the past. According to AP, the publisher shared an early copy of a one-off magazine extolling the kingdom’s crown prince with the Saudi Embassy in Washington. The fawning publication was widely distributed during the prince’s U.S. tour last year. “

  2. anonymous February 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    “Are Donald Trump and the murderous Saudi Prince bin Salman co-conspirators with David Pecker and AMI in a failed criminal plot to blackmail and extort Jeff Bezos as owner of the Washington Post? Asking for a friend in the Southern District of New York.

    — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 8, 2019

    It might not be Mueller that brings Trump down, but his blackmailing of Jeff Bezos could reach a level of criminality that could be the end for Trump.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/08/trump-wanted-a-war-with-jeff-bezos-and-now-it-will-bring-him-down.html

  3. Anon February 8, 2019 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    OT/OIL.
    https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-the-near-miss-with-nord-stream-2/a-47436952

    https://www.dw.com/en/eu-adopts-french-german-compromise-on-nord-stream-2-pipeline-to-russia/a-47429195

    “”The dependence on Russian gas worries us,” a spokesman told the dpa news agency.
    “For that reason, it is important to us to ensure European control so that this dependence does not increase.”
    The compromise reached on Friday, which is not legally binding until it is approved by the European Parliament, was backed by every member state except Bulgaria.
    If approved by Brussels, the agreement could complicate things for Russian energy giant Gazprom, which would then have to follow EU regulations and would no longer be the sole operator of the pipeline.”

  4. Whatevs February 8, 2019 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    so IVAAAAHNKER sleeps with a “man” complicit in murder. Yet she kisses her kids with that desecrated mouth.

  5. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/saudi-crown-prince-threatened-to-harm-khashoggi-in-2017-says-new-york-times

    ” few of us met with Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Arabian minister of state for foreign affairs. We asked him about your piece.

    He said — quote — “I can’t comment on reports based on anonymous sources. Many reports with anonymous sources have not panned out.”

    And then he kept saying: “When Oliver North was engaged on Iran-Contra, did Ronald Reagan know? These things happen. Mistakes happen.
    This was done outside the scope of authority.”

    “And we just now have a two-paragraph response after that 120 days.

    And the response so far is furious. We have — the first official responses from Patrick Leahy, Democrat. He was one of the ones who requested this.

    He goes so far as to say, if the president ignores basically the mandate of holding someone responsible for this murder,
    “The White House will share the blame for attempting to cover up the crime.”

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