With good reason, news surrounding the October 2018 assassination of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi has not faded into obscurity.
The 59-year-old Saudi dissident was gruesomely killed then anatomized after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey nearly a year ago to date. Khashoggi appeared there to retrieve some documents needed to marry Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish woman he had chosen to be his bride.
An elaborate plot was concocted to end the former Washington Post columnist’s life. Khashoggi was also the former General Manager of the Al-Arab news channel. He was very critical of his native country’s ruling regime. In 2017, Khashoggi became particularly critical of Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince (pictured center).
2017 was also the year that Khashoggi inserted himself into exile. He chose the United States of America as his nation of refuge, which was probably unwise given the fact that the U.S. is a very prominent Saudi ally. Khashoggi went to work for the Washington Post upon his arrival in the U.S.
As a Post columnist, Khashoggi continued his much-needed criticism of the blood-stained Saudi throne. According to the New York Times, Mohammed bin Salman reportedly told a top assistant of his that a “bullet” could be used to silence Khashoggi. Bin Salman wanted the prominent journalist to return to Saudi Arabia and end his public laments.
Around a year and eight months after the Times published its damning report, Bin Salman’s alleged bullet of desire finally silenced Khashoggi in the flesh forever. According to the Al-Jazeera Media Network (of Qatar), 15 agents of the Saudi intelligence apparatus were involved in the murder and maiming of the brave news man.
The former veteran war reporter’s body has never been found since his October 2018 death. But Khashoggi’s spirit has not been silenced. Continually-built credence for his Saudi government scrutiny has lived on. Again, this criticism should remain to be considered at all costs.
At the outset of Khashoggi’s murder conspiracy, Saudi officials said their government had no idea who was behind the ominous plot.
Later, however, Riyadh’s national government stated that “rogue elements” within the ruling establishment may very well have been involved in Khashoggi’s assassination. In June 2019, the United Nations publicly decried his death as a “premeditated execution.”
Beneath all the alternative and actual facts of the Khashoggi case, one Saudi monarch’s name stood out as public enemy number one: Mohammed bin Salman. Since becoming the nation’s heir apparent to his father’s throne as king, bin Salman has endured controversy. Reports everywhere about harsh government crackdowns have marred his ascension to power.
Bin Salman’s preliminary enforcement of policy changes involved what The Intercept called running Saudi Arabia like a man who “got away with murder.” Nonetheless, these various allegations against Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince have had no effect on him. Bin Salman even did a late September 2019 interview televised on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Riyadh’s 34-year-old ruler boldly gave what many experts would consider to be a semi-confession to Khashoggi’s execution. In his CBS interview, Bin Salman told 60 Minutes reporter Norah O’Donnell that he did not order Khashoggi’s killing. He did say that he takes “full responsibility” for the writer’s murder.
“I take full responsibility [for Khashoggi’s murder] as a leader in Saudi Arabia, especially since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government. When a crime is committed against a Saudi citizen by officials, working for the Saudi government, as a leader I must take responsibility. This was a mistake and I must take all actions to avoid such a thing in the future,” said Bin Salman.
The Saudi government was recently blitzed when Iranian-made weapons were launched by one of the Persian state’s proxy groups. Riyadh then became very alarmed. Oil refineries in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia were stunned with a barrage of drone and missile attacks. Iran and its Tehrah government is an independent and formidable enemy of the U.S, as well as Saudi Arabia.
Watch Riyadh’s leader speak with a media agent of his American government-sponsored ally below.
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