Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman ordered Khashoggi killing — Central Intelligence Agency

Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman ordered Khashoggi killing — Central Intelligence Agency

Our political panel discusses Canada's response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and whether the government should suspend export permits for light-armoured vehicles destined for Saudia Arabia. At far left is White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "We're going to see what they have to say".

The South Carolina lawmaker agreed with President Trump that Saudi Arabia is an important U.S. ally in the Middle East, but vowed never to work with the prince again. That from a USA official.

The official told CNN on Friday the conclusion was based on a recording provided by the Turkish government and other evidence, including American intelligence.

The Washington Post was first to report on the CIA's assessment. The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against 17 Saudi officials implicated in the killing, though not the crown prince.

Vice President Mike Pence told reporters traveling with him at a summit of Pacific Rim nations in Papua New Guinea that he could not comment on "classified information".

The Trump administration has denied it has reached a final determination in the death of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi. "I'll be speaking also with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo".

Also on Friday, the State Department said the United States has not made a final conclusion on the death of Khashoggi.

Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime.

People protest against the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in London, Britain, October 26 2018.

Mr Trump said he did not want to listen to an audio recording of the murder, despite facing mounting pressure to punish Saudi Arabia for the killing. "They give us a lot of jobs, they give us a lot of business, a lot of economic development".

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Khashoggi's body has still not been found more than six weeks after he was killed, triggering a wave of global outrage at the kingdom. It's a "very violent, very vicious and terrible" tape, Trump said, adding that "there's no reason for me to hear it".

But he has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonize the Saudi rulers. Trump considers the Saudis vital allies in his Middle East agenda.

Although it's not clear if Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be killed, he did make the call at his brother's direction, and it was intercepted by USA intelligence. He has also looked for ways to avoid pinning the blame on Mohammed, the aides said.

Trump confirms the USA has the recording, which was provided by Turkey.

Riyadh has offered numerous contradictory explanations for his disappearance, before saying Khashoggi was killed after "negotiations" to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia failed. "Most of these people are in prison other than the crown prince". They said, you really shouldn't, there's no reason.

Al-Mojeb said the investigation had shown that Khashoggi died after being restrained and injected with a tranquiliser following a fight inside the consulate.

Blunt said "it won't hurt to wait a few days" until a government report about the murder is released on Monday or Tuesday.

The CIA analyzed audio recording from inside the consulate, which were provided by the Turkish government, as well as intercepted phone calls, according to people familiar with the matter.

The ambassador tweeted: "The last contact I had with Mr Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017".

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