A U.S intelligence report expected to be released on Friday implicates Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in approving the kiling of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He was murdered in Saudi consulate in Turkey’s Istanbul.
According to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report hasn’t yet been released, the report on Khashoggi’s murder builds on classified intelligence from the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Although, it wasn’t immediately clear how much detail the declassified version of the report will provide about Prince Mohammed’s role in the killing.
The decision to release the report, compiled by the Director of National Intelligence, shows the Biden administration’s determination to amend bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of oil. There were tensions between both the countries over human rights record in Saudi.
Ahead of the report’s publication, President Joe Biden held a call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday. Biden discussed regional security and the renewed U.S. and United Nations effort to end the war in Yemen, and he affirmed the importance the United States places on universal human rights and the rule of law, the White House said in a statement.
Prince Mohammed has denied any involvement in the killing, while saying he accepts symbolic responsibility for it as the country’s de facto ruler. Saudi officials have said the murder was carried out by rogue agents who have since been prosecuted.