US officials believe that Wali Ahad of Saudi Arabia approved a campaign to capture or assassinate journalist Jamal Khashogi at the Saudi High Commission in Istanbul. This information was revealed by a US intelligence report made public on Friday.
It is believed that after this report comes out, pressure may be increased on the Biden administration to hold the royal family responsible for the murder. After Khashogi’s death on October 2, 2018, there was a lot of anger at both the political parties in the US as well as internationally. Khashoggi was considered a staunch critic of Wali Ahad Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. However, this conclusion has not yet been officially made public.
The report comes at a time when US President Joe Biden had a courtesy conversation with Saudi King Naresh Salman a day earlier. However, in the statement issued by the White House regarding the conversation, there was no mention of the journalist’s murder during this time. It said that the two discussed a long-term partnership between the two countries.