Posted on 04.10.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is facing criticism that the accused key leaders of Jamal Khashoggi assassination are protected by his mediation.
Trump administration announced on Monday that 16 Saudis, including one of the closest aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were being barred from entry to the United States. Pompeo is using office to sweep away the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s brutal killing, and most accused Saudi crown princess is not regarded as responsible for the incident. US Central Intelligence Agency findings led until last year, concluded the involvement of crown prince to the killing of exiled Saudy Journalist. The list included the close aide, Saud al-Qahtani, who officially served as the royal court’s media czar, but appeared to have overseen the operation to seize Khashoggi. It was one of a dozen or so operations by what American intelligence officials called the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, set up by Al-Qahtani to silence or eliminate dissent about Prince Mohammed’s rapid rise to become the de facto Saudi leader.
However the list did not include Prince Mohammed himself, despite the conclusion by American intelligence agencies that he was ultimately responsible for sending the team to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi, and for other actions by the Rapid Intervention Group. More than a year before Khashoggi’s death, American intelligence officials intercepted a communication from the crown prince saying that if Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who lived in Virginia, did not voluntarily return to the kingdom and cease publishing his criticism, the state should go after him “with a bullet.”