Khashoggi murder: Pompeo says 'no direct evidence' implicates Saudi prince


The Crown Prince also told associates in August previous year that if he failed to persuade Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia, "we could possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements" - a communication the Central Intelligence Agency said "seems to foreshadow the Saudi operation launched against Khashoggi".

"We suggest renaming the street address of the Saudi Embassy into Jamal Khashoggi Way to be a daily reminder to Saudi officials" that such killings are "totally unacceptable and as an expression of Washington's unstinting support for freedom of the press", the petition states.

After a number of explanations, Saudi authorities say Mr Khashoggi was given a lethal injection and then dismembered in a botched operation to get him back to the middle eastern country. Mutreb, a security official who was often at the crown prince's side, is seen on security camera footage entering and leaving the consulate on the day Khashoggi was killed.

The Turkish leader, who has been vying for influence in the region with Saudi Arabia, said he did "not wish to cause any damage" to the royal family.

"I have read every piece of intelligence that is in the possession of the United States government", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview with CNN on Saturday, "and when it is done, when you complete that analysis, there's no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

The Prime Minister told bin Salman there needed to "be full transparency about exactly what had happened" following the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

A group of prominent journalists and intellectuals issued an open letter protesting against his visit, saying it was "unethical and politically inappropriate". "But his own officials have admitted that this was a planned operation".

Trudeau said on Saturday he had a frank conversation with MBS at the G20 leader's dinner on Friday and told him Canada would always stand up for human rights.

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But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with his Saudi counterpart in Buenos Aires, and again defended the USA embrace of the crown prince.

Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people with the murder, but there is no suggestion it is ready to send them to Turkey.

Several US news reports say that the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing, even if there is no "smoking gun" evidence.

The crown prince enjoyed a buoyant welcome at the G20 on Friday, November 30, from Putin, the two exchanging a high-five and grinning broadly as if they were long-lost friends.

Pompeo, who declined to comment on the CIA's classified assessment, said the United States was working closely with Saudi Arabia on major foreign policy issues, including Afghanistan, and that the kingdom was a vital regional counterweight to Iran.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly messaged a man linked to Jamal Khashoggi's alleged killers hours before he was murdered.

There was no immediate word from the Saudis, but financial markets have been expecting the deal to be renewed between the kingdom and non-OPEC member Russian Federation as the cartel prepares to meet next week in Vienna.