CIA assessment on Khashoggi murder is usually false

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir addresses a news conference from the desert kingdom's capital Riyadh on November 15, 2018.

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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir addresses a news conference from the desert kingdom’s capital Riyadh on November 15, 2018.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that will claims, including by the CIA, that will Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave the order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi were false, according to an Arabic-language newspaper interview.

News outlets, including Reuters, reported the CIA’s finding over the weekend in a case that will has sparked an international outcry against the entire world’s top oil exporter. that will was the most definitive U.S. assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler directly to the killing as well as contradicted Saudi government assertions that will he was not involved.

“We from the kingdom know that will such allegations about the crown prince have no basis in truth as well as we categorically reject them, whether through leaks or not,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was quoted as saying in Saudi-owned Al Sharq Al Awsat newspaper from the first Saudi official comment on the CIA report.

“They are leaks that will have not been officially announced, as well as I have noticed that will they are based on an assessment, not conclusive evidence,” he added.

A source familiar with the CIA’s assessment said the item was based largely on circumstantial evidence relating to the prince’s central role in running the Saudi government.

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