French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) give a joint press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 10, 2018. (Photo by YOAN VALAT / POOL / AFP)

The Central Intelligence Agency’s director, Gina Haspel, told American senators in a closed-door meeting on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a columnist with the Washington Post, was assassinated and dismembered inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 where he had done to get papers to marry his Turkish fiancée. 

The confirmation by Haspel on Tuesday angered many senators, including Republican Lindsey Graham, who said the United States cannot continue doing business with Saudi Arabia as long as bin Salman was in charge.

The confirmation also puts a lie to claims by President Donald Trump that the CIA was not sure who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident.


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