CIA have a recording of Saudi Crown Prince saying ‘Silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible’
The CIA are reportedly in possession of a damning recording of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman giving the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi. The de facto Saudi leader can be heard calling for journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be ‘silenced as soon as possible’ in a ‘smoking gun’ audio recording, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily news reported.
The audio is said to be from phone call wiretapped by the US between Crown Prince Mohammed and his brother Khaled bin Salman, who is the gulf kingdom’s ambassador to the United States.
According to Hurriyet news, CIA Director Gina Haspel ‘signalled’ the existence of the highly incriminating tape during her trip to Ankara last month.
Hurriyet columnist Abdulkadir Selvi claimed that a if thorough international investigation into the murder were opened, it would reveal even more ‘jaw-dropping evidence’ because the CIA has tapped many more phone calls than the public knows about.
The Turkish media also reported that in a taped conversation between members of the ‘hit squad‘, one of them shouts to the journalist: ‘Traitor! You will be brought to account,’ and other complains about having to wear his clothing to act as a decoy after his murder.
In a thinly veiled comment aimed at the Saudi royals, the EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Thursday that all those ‘really responsible’ for the murder should be brought to justice. ‘Those responsible, really responsible for this terrible murder have to be accountable,’ she told a news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Meanwhile US President Donald Trump heaped praise on the kingdom in defiance of warnings he was giving Riyadh a pass on a journalist’s grisly murder. On holiday at his Florida Mar-a-Lago Club on Wednesday, doubled down on a statement from Tuesday that he was essentially ignoring the killing of Khashoggi because of what he said were more important US strategic and commercial interests.
‘Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82,’ he tweeted. ‘Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!‘, tweeted Trump.
With info from Hurriyet and Daily Mail