US Agencies Have Damning Recording of Saudi Prince

US Agencies Have Damning Recording of Saudi Prince

Saudi Arabia has also repeatedly rejected Turkish demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of the journalist, a critic of the crown prince.

The operation wasn't authorised, Al-Jubeir affirmed, highlighting "no order was given to conduct this operation".

"Judge us when it's complete", he said.

USA intelligence analysts have interpreted the "bullet" comment metaphorically, meaning the crown prince did not necessarily mean to have Khashoggi shot, but they do think it showed his intent to have the journalist killed if he did not return to the kingdom, the Times said. Congressional aides said they had not received any such report from the White House by early Friday evening. In a statement, Aldakhil said the allegations "are categorically false".

Ms Callamard said Saudi officials had "seriously undermined" and delayed Turkey's efforts to investigate the crime scene at its Istanbul consulate, where Khashoggi had gone to get papers needed for his wedding. Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has indicted 11 Saudi nationals for the murder and requested the death penalty for five of them.

Khashoggi's killing has severely strained ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, although Erdogan has good ties with the Saudi monarch, King Salman.

If true, the threat by the crown prince is a significant indication Khashoggi had become a preoccupying irritant. We know that this was a rogue operation'. The State Department said on Thursday that Washington had already taken action over Khashoggi's killing. "These things happen. Mistakes happen". "We came out and we acknowledged it, that it was committed by officials of the Saudi government, acting outside their authority and outside their responsibilities".

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke of killing Jamal Khashoggi a year before the journalist was murdered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, reports the New York Times, citing "current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports".

"I wish this report will accelerate the process so that more concrete things will be done on this situation", Cengiz said. It has also called for an global inquiry.

The journalist had made a decision to leave his native Saudi Arabia for the USA in September 2017, but was lured to the embassy in Istanbul on in October 2018 to collect papers for his upcoming marriage.

"Our leadership is a red line", he said.

While US intelligence officials stressed that MBS may not have meant those words in a literal sense, they said it indicates that the crown prince had expressed a desire to see the Washington Post journalist dead.

According to the U.S. intelligence agencies, the murder of Khashoggi was enacted upon orders by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud.

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