Daily Mail: U.S. government says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman DID 'approve' brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, declassified intelligence report reveals – but does NOT sanction him or ban him from visiting America
* The report contains an assessment that the crown prince 'approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi' * It cites the 'control of decision making in the Kingdom' that he holds * No information on possible sanctions * The report provides official confirmation of U.S. assessment following horrific 2018 killing * Cites participation of Rapid Intervention Force which 'answers only to him' * Saudi Arabia called it a 'rogue' operation but sentenced five people to death, sentences that were later commuted * Khashoggi was a well-connected dissident who penned columns for the Washington Post
The Biden administration released a declassified report by U.S. intelligence Friday that concludes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman 'approved' the operation that killed Jamal Khashoggi.
Despite the unequivocal conclusions of the assessment, the administration stopped short of imposing any diplomatic or economic sanctions directly on the crown prince himself.
But in a policy announcement that followed the release of the intelligence assessment, the Treasury Department said it would sanction Saudi individuals and the crown prince's Rapid Intervention Force, but not the crown prince.
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WNU Editor: After this announcement the Biden administration announced the imposition of sanctions and visa bans on a number of Saudi officials …. U.S. imposes sanctions, visa bans on Saudis for journalist Khashoggi's killing (Reuters).
On a side note. I lost count over the years on how many times the U.S. intelligence agency told former President Trump that disclosing intelligence information that the former President wanted to be made public would compromise U.S. national security. And then reading all about it in the New York Times, Washington Post, etc.. usually supporting the intel community on why this intelligence should not be made public.
But on this issue …. not even a "whimper" from the US intelligence community or the media that this intelligence disclosure would compromise U.S. national security and its relations with Saudi Arabia. A country that is the second most important US ally in the region.
No analysis. No examination. No debate on what will be the consequences. It is almost as if everyone is being told to rubber-stamp what the White House wants. And then ignore what this decision may entail.
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