CIA Has “Smoking Gun Phone Call” Of MbS Giving Order To “Silence” Khashoggi: Report

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Via Zerohedge

The Turks may still yet have the ultimate “smoking gun” leak up their sleeve which could put to bed the whole question over whether Saudi crown prince MbS personally ordered the October 2nd killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

The story broke on Thursday as Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving, and as President Trump — spending the holidays a Mar-a-Lago — took time to tell reporters at a press conference that the CIA “didn’t conclude” that MbS ordered the killing while hedging that he “might have done it”.

Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News said on Thursday the CIA has a recording of a phone call in which the crown prince gave instructions to “silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible.” The possible existence of such a tape could put Trump in an awkward position if its contents are leaked given his consistent defense of MbS amidst the scandal and growing calls for accountability.

Thus far the slow drip of Turkish leaks have proven accurate, and Hurriyet columnist Abdulkadir Selvi broke the news of the first recording that captured Khashoggi’s death inside the Istanbul consulate, which proved accurate according to reports. Selvi wrote on Thursday, “There is talk of another recording” which involves a CIA eavesdrop of a call between MbS and his brother Khaled bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S.

The Turkish newspaper claimed based on its sources:

The crown prince gave an instruction to silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible and this instruction was captured during [a] CIA wiretapping.

Selvi also reported that during her trip to Ankara last month, CIA Director Gina Haspel “signaled” the existence of the tape.

“It is being said that CIA chief Gina Haspel indicated this during her visit to Turkey,” Selvi wrote. The revelation, though not confirmed, came a day after Turkish news site Haberturk published what it said were quotes from a tape of Khashoggi’s last moments as he was apprehended the moment he stepped inside the consulate.

“Release my arm! What do you think you are doing?” Khashoggi was reported to have said upon entering the visa department of the consulate building, and where the seven minutes of the tape are recorded. “Traitor! You will be brought to account,” one among the assassination team is captured in the audio as staying, according to Haberturk.

The rest of the audio includes what the Turkish news site describes as “verbal fighting, brawling and torture.”

Last weekend it was revealed by the Washington Post that a confidential CIA report pointed directly to crown prince MbS ordering the hit. Trump received the full report on Tuesday, after which he issued a written statement praising Saudi Arabia and underscoring that the US close relationship, vital to the economy, is with the kingdom and no one ruler.

“You can conclude maybe he did or maybe he didn’t,” Trump said about the CIA report during his Thursday comments. “Whether he did or whether he didn’t, he denies it vehemently.” When asked who should be held accountable for the crime Trump responded“Maybe the world should be held accountable because the world is a very, very vicious place.”

But Turkey’s President Erdogan is unlikely to let MbS off that easy given the tortuously slow, and mostly accurate, leaks that have dripped out of Turkish state media so far. Likely the public is only days or weeks away from hearing the no doubt shocking audio of Khashoggi’s killing for themselves, as Turkish sources have signaled more major evidence is coming.


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Brigitte Meier
Brigitte Meier
November 24, 2018

This all makes sense only if somebody wants to oust MbS. Israel wants him. The deep state apparently wants him gone. The Kashoggi murder is gruesome, but not more so than many US murders in Bagrsm and Abu Graib and Guantanamo for which nobody was held accountable. Trump is only sane by not msking an inordinate fuss about this murder. And what about all the others who were hacked to death in SA? This is a struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Wahhabi. The deep state apparently put its money on the Brotherhood, not least to smear and undercut… Read more »

November 25, 2018

Trump has stuffed up. He bet everything on the crazy horse MbS which has fallen and now needs euthanising. The US elite are at war with each other and the CIA can bring down whoever they choose. My guess is that Pence will soon be the next POTUS puppet and he will be worse than Killary. Pass the popcorn.

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
November 25, 2018

CIA cannot cover this one up (as they deceitfully have with so many many many others – including the enormity of their own sick crimes) so this time they have to sneakily pretend to come forward with evidence as if they are separated from it somehow; an old sly trick when caught out. Watch Swamp-Chump begrudgingly do the same now by making out he condemns such acts (with poison tongue in toxic cheek of course) – despite having desperately tried to contain it beforehand.

Reply to  Shaun Ramewe
November 25, 2018

Reality is a factual state that the US has great difficulty coping with 🙂

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