Evidence of Saudi Role in Journalist’s Disappearance Mounts
The denials aren’t adding up. Saudi Arabia maintains it didn’t assassinate dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate, as Turkish officials have reported, despite CCTV footage purporting to show a Saudi hit squad’s arrival. Now U.S. officials are getting involved, claiming intercepted Saudi communications may implicate Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s crown prince, in ordering an operation to detain Khashoggi. The diplomatic scandal could cast a shadow over U.S. policy initiated by presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who made Saudi Arabia the linchpin of Middle East diplomacy.