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July 16, 2019

Saudi crown prince threatened to use a ‘bullet’ on slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi: report

February 8, 2019
At left, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone in Davos, Switzerland in 2011. At right, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured last year. (Virginia Mayo / AP)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told an aide in a 2017 conversation that he would put a “bullet” in journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to reports.

Khashoggi would not be harmed if he returned to Saudi Arabia and ceased his criticism of the kingdom, according to American and foreign officials who had access to reports from multiple intelligence agencies, according to the New York Times.


The intercepted conversation, which was reportedly first discovered by American intelligence officials, is further evidence that bin Salman was considering having Khashoggi murdered more than a year before the journalist was strangled to death and dismembered with a bone saw in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The crown prince has maintained his innocence, a claim President Trump has said publicly he supports, putting the President in conflict with American and allied intelligence reports. President Trump is expected to soon “double down” on his support of bin Salman.

The Saudi government has also backed up bin Salman’s claim, pointing to rogue government operators as the responsible parties, 11 of whom have so far been indicted. The crown prince, next in line to the throne, acts as the de facto ruler of the kingdom and has become a close ally of White House adviser Jared Kushner.

According to another intercepted conversation, bin Salman had grown frustrated with Khashoggi’s articles and Twitter posts that, according to the crown prince, tarnished his self-made image as a reformer. Days later, Khashoggi published a column deeply critical of bin Salman and the Saudi regime which he described as repressive.

Earlier Thursday, the United Nations published a report that it had concluded its investigation into Khashoggi’s killing and pinned the blame on several Saudi Arabian officials.

“Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows prima facie case that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia,” Special rapporteur Agnes Callamad and her three-person team of investigators reported.

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