CIA concludes Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting at the United Nations in New York on March 27. (Amir Levy/Reuters)

By Shane Harris , Greg Miller and Josh Dawsey

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government’s claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.

The CIA’s assessment, in which officials have said they have high confidence, is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally. A team of 15 Saudi agents flew to Istanbul on government aircraft in October and killed Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate, where he had come to pick up documents that he needed for his planned marriage to a Turkish woman.

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