The crown prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salman approved the murder in 2018 of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a US intelligence report leaked to the media.
The US media indicated that the report is expected to be published this Thursday by the Government and that it is based mainly on investigations by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
“The public release (of the report) will mark a new chapter in US relations with Saudi Arabia, and a clear difference in the president’s policy Joe Biden and that of the former president Donald Trump“said the NBC television network, which said it had already had access to the report in 2018.
This Wednesday, the White House spokeswoman, Jane Psaki, said the Biden government will communicate the findings to the rey Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, rather than to his son, and President Biden later confirmed that he had read the document, although he did not confirm its publication.
Khashoggi, 59, worked as a columnist for the American newspaper The Washington Post when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (Turkey) on October 2, 2018.
There, according to American sources, was killed by Saudi Arabian agents. His body was dismembered and the remains have never been found.
The Saudi government initially denied any responsibility for the killing of Khashoggi, but later claimed that the journalist was accidentally killed by agents seeking to extradite him.
The official version of Saudi Arabia is that these agents, closely linked to Prince Bin Salman, they acted on their own and that the ruler was not involved. Now the CIA points out the opposite.
In Saudi Arabia, eight individuals were convicted of Khashoggi’s death and five of them were sentenced to capital punishment. Later those sentences were commuted to 20 years in prison.