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CIA Declares Mastermind in Khashoggi Case, Priming Powderkeg for Middle East

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The death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi weeks ago will likely affect world news for months to come, thanks to the intense scrutiny that the case is under.

Khashoggi, by all accounts, was ambushed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey by 15 men sent to kill him.  They came equipped with a bone saw – a gruesome indication of what was expected to occur upon the reporter’s visit.  Being an incredibly staunch opponent of the corrupt regime in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi had undoubtedly made plenty of enemies during his time as a journalist.  This would have likely complicated any attempt to secure a motive or a suspect in the murder, but the CIA believes that they have cracked the case anyhow.

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.

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.

In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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The United States has a complicated relationship with Saudi Arabia, due to the nation’s incredible berth of power in the oil industry.

While the US continues to exude the utmost principles of liberty and freedom to the global community, Saudi Arabia has been a worldwide leader in human rights abuses, including the unfathomable treatment of women as second class citizens.


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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.