U.S. Spy Agencies: Saudi Crown Prince Said He Would Go After Khashoggi “With a Bullet” | Democracy Now!
The New York Times is reporting U.S. intelligence agencies have uncovered a 2017 conversation in which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide that he would go after Jamal Khashoggi “with a bullet” if the exiled journalist could not be brought back to Saudi Arabia. Thirteen months later, in October 2018, Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The discovery of the crown prince’s statement was made as the National Security Agency and other U.S. spy agencies are reviewing years of intercepted Saudi voice and text communications. According to the Times, Mohammed bin Salman made the comment about Khashoggi in September 2017, the same month when Khashoggi began writing columns in The Washington Post critical of the Saudi government. The White House faces a deadline today to determine whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was personally responsible for Khashoggi’s killing.