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Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

05:07 Wed Dec 05, 2018


Taken from/By: BBC
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US senators say they are confident the Saudi crown prince was linked to the murder of a Saudi journalist, following a private CIA briefing.

Senator Lindsey Graham said he had “high confidence” Mohammed bin Salman knew in advance about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as “a wrecking ball” and “crazy” and “dangerous”.

The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny the crown prince was involved.

CIA Director Gina Haspel spoke to Senate leaders earlier on Tuesday.

She was absent from last week’s briefing by the secretaries of state and defence, angering some in Congress.

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. The CIA has concluded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “probably ordered” the killing.

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The CIA has evidence he exchanged messages with Saud al-Qahtani, who allegedly oversaw the murder.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis told senators last week there was no direct evidence of the crown prince’s involvement.

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