“We do not have a smoking gun [showing] that the crown prince

Saudi crown prince exchanged messages with aide alleged to have overseen Khashoggi killing

In the hours before and after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a senior aide who allegedly oversaw the assassination exchanged multiple messages, according to people familiar with the matter.

Canada Goose Coats On Sale The communications between the two men are another piece of evidence tying the crown prince to the killing of Khashoggi, a former palace insider turned prominent critic, who also was a contributing columnist to The Washington Post. Canada Goose Coats On Sale

The CIA included the existence of the messages in its classified assessment that Mohammed is likely to have ordered Khashoggi’s death, a view that agency officials canada goose outlet have shared with members of Congress and the White House.

Canada Goose Parka Mohammed exchanged canada goose outlet price the messages on Oct. 2 with Saud al Qahtani, one of his closest aides and a fierce public supporter who has kept a blacklist of those he deems disloyal to the kingdom. The content of the messages, and what form the messages canada goose outlet in new york took, was not known, canada goose outlet buffalo according to people familiar with the matter. Canada Goose Parka

Citing portions of the CIA’s written assessment, the canada goose outlet store near me Wall Street Journal first reported on Saturday that Mohammed had sent at least 11 messages to Qahtani before and after the killing. The Post had previously canada goose outlet uk sale described officials as saying that the CIA had high confidence in its assessment. official familiar with the CIA’s conclusions.

canada goose coats on sale But canada goose outlet toronto the agency has not found any single piece of evidence that irrefutably links Mohammed directly to the killing, people familiar with the intelligence said. Trump administration officials on Sunday continued to stress that point and emphasized the importance of the United States’ maintaining a close relationship with Saudi Arabia. canada goose coats on sale

canada goose clearance “I have read every piece of intelligence that is in the possession of the United States government,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with CNN on Saturday, “and when it is done, when you complete that analysis, there’s no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.” canada goose clearance

Pompeo, who declined to comment on the CIA’s classified assessment, said the canada goose uk United States was working closely with Saudi Arabia on major foreign policy issues, including Afghanistan, and that the kingdom was a vital regional counterweight to Iran.

“They are a relationship that has mattered for 70 years across Republican and Democrat administrations alike,” said Pompeo, who previously served as the CIA director.

canada goose coats “Accountability for the murder of Khashoggi stands canada goose outlet 80 off alone. It is distinct from any other factor going on,” Mattis said in remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California. canada goose coats

“Right now, we do not have a smoking gun,” he said, noting that he had seen all the latest intelligence in the matter as of Friday. “We do not have a smoking gun [showing] that the crown prince was involved. We certainly need to continue to explore all aspects of the murder and find anyone who was involved, but that should not in any way dissuade us from basically confronting Iran,” which the Trump administration views as its major adversary in the Middle East and one that Saudi Arabia is essential to confronting.

canada goose store Qahtani has emerged as a key player in the killing and a compelling link to the prince. and Turkish officials said Qahtani oversaw, Maher Mutreb, called Qahtani from inside the consulate to inform him Khashoggi was dead, The Post has previously reported. Mutreb, a security official who was often at the crown prince’s side, is seen on security camera footage entering and leaving the consulate on the day Khashoggi was killed. intelligence community also has intercepts of communications before Khashoggi was killed that show Mohammed had canada goose outlet paypal ordered an operation to lure him back to https://www.canadagooseonline.info Saudi Arabia. Friends of Khashoggi’s have said that Qahtani called the journalist and raised the potential of his working for the crown prince if he would end his self imposed exile in Virginia and return to his native country. canada goose store

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Communications that the United States intercepted in July show that Mohammed had asked senior Saudi intelligence officials about the status of a plan to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, according to one intelligence official.

President Donald Trump, who also has been briefed on the CIA’s findings, has been equivocal in assigning blame to the crown prince, who works closely with the president’s son in law and senior adviser Jared Kushner on Middle East issues.

Canada Goose Jackets “Maybe he did or maybe he didn’t!” Trump said in a statement last month, adding that the true culprits might never be known. economy from Saudi arms purchases are too important to rupture over the killing of Khashoggi, which he has condemned. Canada Goose Jackets

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But the latest revelation of intelligence connecting Mohammed and his aide Qahtani to the killing may increase pressure on the administration to take more punitive steps.

Canada Goose Online The Treasury Department has sanctioned 17 individuals it said were involved in Khashoggi’s death, including Qahtani, Mutreb and the Saudi consul general in Turkey, Mohammad al Otaibi. But some members of Congress have called for further action, and Republicans have begun defecting from the administration over its support for the Saudis Canada Goose Online.

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