Former CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo missed an opportunity to say he agreed with the CIA’s finding that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
On request on Tuesday HannyTo which Pompeo replied, “Well, I’ll leave that to the intelligence professionals. I actually read what it said.”
“You should know – read it carefully – there are still a lot of questions about what happened there, aside from the fact that we know there was a murder,” he added. “And we were very confident during my time in the ministry that the dozen people – I think it was maybe 13 – that we sanctioned were seriously connected to it…”
The Biden administration released an unclassified intelligence report earlier last year that matched the CIA.
“We base this assessment on the Crown Prince’s control over decision-making in the Kingdom since 2017, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammad bin Salman’s protection command in the operation, and the Crown Prince’s support for the use of force to silence dissidents to bring abroad, including Khashoggi,” it said.
Hannity’s questioning of Pompeo came after the White House announced earlier Tuesday that President Biden would visit the crown prince next month to outline “his positive vision for US engagement in the region in the coming months and years.” Despite Biden’s earlier presidential campaign vows to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” state, spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre defended the decision, saying that “important interests are intertwined with Saudi Arabia.”
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