A US intelligence report has found that the Saudi Crown Prince had ‘approved’ the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. He has denied any role in the murder.
The report released by the Biden administration says the prince approved a plan to either “capture or kill” Khashoggi. The intelligence report said that given Prince Mohammed’s influence, it was “highly unlikely” that the 2018 murder could have taken place without his approval.
The exiled journalist was lured into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, then killed and dismembered.
According to the Washington Post, just one month after the murder, the US Central Intelligence Agency concluded with high confidence that Prince Mohammed had ordered the assassination.
According to The Washington Post, US intelligence also discovered a phone call from Prince Mohammed to his brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, in which Prince Mohammed gave instructions for luring Khashoggi to Istanbul.