New Khashoggi evidence points to Saudi Crown Prince
Minutes after Saudi agents murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, a member of the kill team instructed a colleague over the phone to “tell your boss,” a likely reference to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the New York Times reported.
This information, from three people familiar with a recording of Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence, seems the strongest evidence yet linking the crown prince to the killing of Khashoggi, who had written critically of the regime.
“A phone call like that is about as close to a smoking gun as you are going to get,” said Bruce Riedel, a former C.I.A. officer now at the Brookings Institution. “It is pretty incriminating evidence.”
Prince Mohammed was not mentioned by name, but U.S. intelligence officials believe “your boss” was a reference to him. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, one of 15 Saudis dispatched to Istanbul, made the phone call and spoke in Arabic, according to the Times' report. Turkish intelligence officers believe that Mutreb, a security officer who regularly travels with Prince Mohammed, was speaking to one of the crown prince's aides.