As I was writing this, reports came in that the Saudi government had finally admitted that Jamal Khashoggi died while in a “chokehold” during a physical altercation at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Ali Shibabi, Founder of The Arabia Foundation think tank, which supports the Crown Prince tweeted, “This tragic fiasco was a huge shock to the Saudi leadership and a combination of confusion, lack of experience in such crisis management and a cover-up by the intelligence bureaucracy contributed to the initial Saudi response…Then public statements were made that became difficult to walk…back… Once the enormity of the problem was fully recognized an internal investigation was initiated which gave its first results today.”
Reuters reported that the Crown Prince “had no specific knowledge” of the Khashoggi operation.
18 people had been arrested so far and two cabinet-level officials had been sacked, including deputy intelligence chief Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri. The whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body remained unclear but according to Shibabi, “Senior sources also confirmed to me that the famous ‘bone-saw’ NEVER existed and was purely a product of Turkish media falsehood.”
George Webb makes the case that Jamal Khashoggi was an agent of the Rogue CIA and that the hubbub around his disappearance is a “manufactured crisis”, engineered to cause major investors to pull out of Saudi Arabia, something which has already occurred.
Webb shows us a recent video of Jamal Khashoggi at the Arab Center in Washington DC, an NGO which Webb says “Was created two years ago…to basically say what a risk Donald Trump is to the Middle East and what a detraction he is to the Middle East and why he needs to go.”
Khashoggi is shown saying, “In my career as a journalist, an editor, I called for everything Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) is doing right now. We [Saudis] all wanted us to be free from radicalism, we all wanted women to be allowed to have their rights; to drive and we all wanted a purge on corruption because corruption was killing us in Saudi Arabia…” However, Khashoggi complained that MBS “Is doing the right things the wrong way.”
By “Wrong way,” Webb explains that Khashoggi meant MBS was “Getting rid of old CIA links and support that drove business, especially through the Bin Laden group,” and Khashoggi wanted things to go back to the way they were when the CIA was moving all the pieces.
Let’s not forget that Jamal Khashoggi’s uncle was the richest arms dealer ever in the history of the world, who “was part of using arms to take over oil fields all over the world, where a lot of those same rat lines became child trafficking rat lines, drug rat lines, as well as taking the natural resources [of neighboring countries in Africa and Asia].”