Saudi Arabia‘s Crown Prince sent 11 messages to an aide overseeing the Jamal Khashoggi hit squad in the hours surrounding the journalist’s murder, it is claimed.
Mohammed bin Salman was allegedly in touch with Saud al-Qahtani immediately before and after Khashoggi went missing in Istanbul on October 2.
Qahtani is believed to have supervised the 15-man murder squad and was in touch with them at the same time as he was communicating with the prince, according to a CIA assessment reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied that Prince Mohammed knew about the murder or played any part in it.
The report claims that the prince sent at least 11 electronic messages to his adviser, although the CIA does not know what they said. It is also alleged that Prince Mohammed had spoken in August 2017 of ‘making arrangements’ to lure him to a foreign country if he could not be returned to Saudi Arabia.
The CIA assessment reportedly said that the discussion ‘seems to foreshadow the Saudi operation launched against Khashoggi’.
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