Pompeo: No Intelligence Directly Links Saudi Prince to Khashoggi Killing

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he has seen all the intelligence possessed by the United States on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and repeated that no direct evidence links Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the incident.

“I have read every piece of intelligence that is in the possession of United States government,” Pompeo said in an interview with broadcaster CNN in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

“When it is done, when you complete that analysis, there’s no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. That is an accurate statement, an important statement and it is a statement that we are making publicly today,” he said.

Asked if the Central Intelligence Agency had concluded with “high confidence” that Prince Mohammed, de-facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, was involved, Pompeo said: “I can’t comment on intelligence matters, CIA conclusions.”

The CIA has assessed that the crown prince ordered the Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul of Washington Post columnist Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi crown prince.

Saudi Arabia has said the prince had no prior knowledge of the murder. After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh later said Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

U.S. President Donald Trump sought to cast doubt on the CIA assessment that the prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing, telling reporters the agency had not formed a definitive conclusion.

Many U.S. senators have said they believed otherwise.

Pompeo said the United States was working with Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan and against Iran and that Riyadh was “an enormous support” for Washington. “They’re a relationship that has mattered for 70 years across Republican and Democrat administrations like … We’re aiming to keep that relationship,” he said.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in Washington; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Matthew Lewis)

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Phlypp
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“Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million, Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.” – Donald J. Trump, August 2015

Disbelieving your own intelligence services has nothing to do with being correct or protecting America’s business interests and EVERYTHING to do with Trump’s personal finances. Again, he has put his own personal wealth before the country. But his cult followers are intentionally too blind to see.

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So once again DJT proves to be correct, as usual. DJT is always right, he’s right as rain. The Dems are so busy calling him stupid, that they’ve forgotten that he’s a highly intelligent, crafty, wise, businessman and now accomplished politician. He beats them at their own game, time and again, yet they are too dull and too frantic to even realize it. Two more years of HEADS EXPLOADING, then another four after that. Dems will be dropping like flies with heart attacks soon.

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