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Turkey: CIA has a wiretap nailing Saudi’s Prince in the Khashoggi case

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composite image of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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  • Turkish intelligence reportedly said the CIA wiretapped
    a phone call where Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin
    Salman calls for slain critic Jamal Khashoggi to be silenced
    “as soon as possible.”
  • The news comes just after President Donald Trump issued
    a frantic proclamation saying the US would stand by Saudi
    Arabia, despite the possibility that the Saudi prince ordered
    the killing.
  • Despite reportedly having a ton of damning information
    linking the Saudi prince to Khashoggi’s killing, Turkey hasn’t
    moved to blame him or even sanction anyone.

Turkish intelligence reportedly said the CIA wiretapped a
phonecall where Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
called Jamal Khashoggi to be silenced “as soon as possible.”

The news, made via a column for Turkey’s
Hürriyet news website
, comes just after
President Donald Trump issued a frantic proclamation saying the
US would stand by Saudi Arabia, despite the real possibility that
Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the killing.

The leak from Turkish intelligence follows a longstanding pattern
of Ankara releasing information from the ongoing Khashoggi
investigation at a slow, steady pace with increasingly grisly and
damning details. 

But beyond the constant and anonymous assertions that implicate
the Saudi prince as the architect of Khashoggi’s murder, this
leak purports to expose the US as spying on its ally,
specifically the Saudi royals, and ignoring potentially
consequential evidence of a murder. 


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Khashoggi’s brutal murder

Abdulkadir Selvi, a columnist for Hürriyet cited anonymous Turkish
intelligence officials on Thursday
as saying that the CIA has
a a tape of Crown Prince Mohammed telling his brother Khaled bin
Salman, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, that Khashoggi needs
to be silenced immediately. 

Selvi wrote: “It is said that the crown prince gave an
instruction to silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible and
this instruction was captured during the CIA wiretapping. The
subsequent murder is the ultimate confirmation of this
instruction.” He called the tape a “smoking gun.”

Selvi then called for an international investigation which
“can reveal more jaw-dropping evidence, as CIA has more
wiretapped phone calls at hand than the public knows
about.”

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan has purged the
military, press, and intelligence services of any critics,
stripping them of their independence.

Experts previously told Business Insider that Turkish leaks
can be seen as an intelligence or information warfare campaign
from the Turkish government, aimed at forcing the US to
reconsider its ties to Saudi Arabia.

America first?


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President Donald Trump visits a neighborhood recently destroyed
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Trump’s administration sanctioned Saudi Arabian nationals
in response to Khashoggi’s murder
and cut support for the
kingdom’s war in Yemen.

But Trump refused to outright blame Crown
Prince Mohammed for the killing
, saying that it wasn’t in US
interests to publicly break with the 33-year-old monarch set to
rule the US-allied kingdom for the next four or five decades.

Read more: Trump’s
manic statement letting Saudi Arabia off the hook for Khashoggi
reveals a dark US secret

Importantly, though Turkish intelligence and even Erdogan have several times
implicated the Saudi prince
in Khashoggi’s murder, and now
reportedly hold this “ultimate confirmation” of his role in the
murder, Ankara has not directly blamed him.

In fact, no country has come out against Crown Prince
Mohammed. 

But consistent leaks from Turkish media, which Erdogan has almost
total control over after making his country the number one jailer
of journalists, have done incredible public relations harm to the
kingdom and to US support for it. 

By leaking an accusation that the CIA has been spying on Saudi
Arabia, and calling for an international investigation to reveal
more presumably classified CIA surveillance, the Turkish
intelligence, media, and government have neatly aligned in a
prolonged line of attack that quite obviously seeks to harm the
US. 

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