CIA Believes Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Journalist’s Killing: Sources

US Defense Secretary James Mattis with Prince Mohammed, March 2018. Credit: Kathryn E. Holm

(From Reuters)

The CIA believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump’s efforts to preserve ties with a key U.S. ally.

The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the U.S. government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved.

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