CIA has recording, Saudi Prince gave the order to “Silence” Khashoggi: Report

After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh said last week Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

He was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in an operation that Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has said was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership.

CIA director Gina Haspel signalled to Turkish officials that the agency had a recording of a call in which Saudi Arabia’s crown prince gave instructions to “silence” Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish newspaper reported.

According to the report published in the ndtv, on Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago, Saudi Arabia has said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no prior knowledge about it.

Hurriyet newspaper journalist Abdulkadir Selvi in a column said, “There is the talk of another recording,” saying the purported call took place between Prince Mohammed and his brother who is the Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington.

He wrote, “It is being said that CIA chief Gina Haspel indicated this during her visit to Turkey, it is being said the crown prince gave orders to ‘silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible’,” in a call which was monitored by the U.S. agency, he said.