In one of the most definite narratives, till date, involving the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi the denouement given by the CIA states that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi, had ordered the assassination of the journalist. However, US President Trump seems to be in a denial mode over the report said sources.
Jamal Khashoggi, was killed in October. A report states that around 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on a Saudi government’s plane and assassinated Khashoggi inside Saudi Consulate, where Khashoggi had gone to finalise few documents which were needed for his planned marriage.
According to sources, this assessment of CIA where its officials have shown a great degree of confidence in proclaiming a link between the Crown Prince and the murder of Khashoggi further convolutes President Trump’s efforts to conserve US’s relationship with its close ally.
Furthermore, according to the CIA report, they had examined various intelligence sources that also included a phone call between Khalid brother of the Crown Prince, Salman and Saudi ambassador in the US.
However, Fatimah Baeshen, who is a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said that the ambassador knew nothing about these developments and never discussed Turkey. She categorically denied the CIA report and claimed that they were false and baseless.
Meanwhile, several contradicting theories surrounding the death of Khashoggi are doing the rounds. One explanation that is coming out from the Saudi camps is that a group of rogues were sent to Istanbul to bring Khashoggi to Saudi, and during the operation that veered off course, they injected a large amount of a banned drug which consequently killed Khashoggi.
The death of Khashoggi has sparked an international debate and policy crisis within Washington that relies heavily on Saudi in all its scheme of things in the Middle East, and is also a support in its fight against Iran.
President Trump, according to sources is very anxious to find the remains of Khashoggi and is exerting great pressure on the CIA to locate the body of the slain journalists. The US President has been shown evidence of the Crown Prince Salman’s involvement in the assassination of Khashoggi, but Trump remains sceptical, said people who are familiar with the developments.
Sources also revealed that the US officials are unclear if the Saudi government will ever keep their word and carryout the promised execution of the people accused of killing Khashoggi. A report suggested that the execution could happen tomorrow or even take 20 years.