CIA Director Reportedly Hears Audio of ‘premeditated’ Khashoggi Killing
CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly flew to Turkey Monday to hear audio of the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Instanbul earlier this month.
Pressure is mounting on Washington to take action on Saudi Arabia, as evidence of Khashoggi’s killing continues to surface.
“Information from the Turkish side affirms that the suspects in Khashoggi’s case premeditated their crime,” said the Saudi public prosecutor on Saudi state TV today, according to Reuters.
“This puts the ball firmly in Washington’s court,” said Bruce Reidel, a former CIA official and scholar at the Brookings Institution to The Washington Post. “Not only will there be more pressure now from the media but Congress will say, ‘Gina, we would love to have you come visit and you can tell us exactly what you heard.'”
When President Donald Trump spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last week, he denied any knowledge or involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged murder. Trump appeared to support the Crown Prince at the time.
“Jamal Khashoggi’s killing is a violently planned and a very complicated murder, which was being covered up,” said Omer Celik, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Ruling AK party.
As the investigation into Khashoggi’s alleged murder has developed, the U.S. government has taken some action. According to an announcement by the U.S. State Department, the visas of 21 Saudis will be revoked as a result of the Khashoggi investigation.
And Trump’s opinion has changed somewhat, saying Tuesday, that officials in the Saudi government were part of the “worst coverup ever.”