Saudi crown prince communicated with adviser overseeing Khashoggi killing

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The CIA has evidence of multiple messages between the Saudi crown prince and the adviser who oversaw the Khashoggi assassination — bolstering the agency's assessment that the prince masterminded the murder.

The Washington Post reports that according to a leaked CIA report, Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to a close personal aide before and after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The aide, Saud Al-Qahtani, reportedly supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi on October 2, and communicated directly with the team's leader Maher Mutreb in Istanbul.

According to the New York Times, Turkish intelligence recorded Mutreb on a phone call, saying 'tell your boss' that the mission had been carried out. It's believed he was talking to Qahtani.

In communications intercepted by the U.S. intelligence community in August 2017, the prince told associates that if Khashoggi could not be persuaded to return to Saudi Arabia, they could lure him outside the country and make arrangements.

The content and form of the prince's messages to Qahtani are unknown, and there's currently no evidence irrefutably linking him to the killing.

Despite this, this, the CIA believes such an operation would not have been possible without his awareness or involvement.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Messages exchanged between Saudi crown prince and adviser during Khashoggi killing
2. 15-man team sent to kill Khashoggi in Saudi consulate in Istanbul
3. Khashoggi attacked inside consulate
4. Maher Mutreb calling Saud Al-Qahtani after Khashoggi killing
5. Prince Mohammed planning to lure Khashoggi out of Saudi Arabia

VOICEOVER (in English):

"Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to a close personal aide before and after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a leaked CIA report."

"The aide, Saud Al-Qahtani, reportedly supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi on October 2, and communicated directly with the team's leader Maher Mutreb in Istanbul."

"According to the New York Times, Turkish intelligence recorded Mutreb on a phone call, saying 'tell your boss' that the mission had been carried out. It's believed he was talking to Qahtani."

"In communications intercepted by the U.S. intelligence community in August 2017, the prince told associates that if Khashoggi could not be persuaded to return to Saudi Arabia, they could lure him outside the country and make arrangements."

SOURCES:
New York Times, Washington Post, Al Jazeera
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/02/us/politics/crown-prince-mohammed-qahtani-intercepts.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/saudi-crown-prince-exchanged-messages-with-aide-alleged-to-have-overseen-khashoggi-killing/2018/12/01/faa43758-f5c3-11e8-9240-e8028a62c722_story.html?utm_term=.ceb96eb44ab5
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/mbs-communicated-adviser-khashoggi-killing-wsj-181201104013900.html