The senior US official advised CNN on Friday the conclusion relies on a recording offered by the Turkish authorities and different proof, together with American intelligence.
Investigators additionally imagine an operation such because the one which resulted in Khashoggi’s dying wouldn’t have occurred with out bin Salman’s information given his management of the federal government, the senior US official mentioned.
A Saudi Embassy spokeswoman mentioned in a press release that “the claims on this purported evaluation are false. We’ve and proceed to listen to numerous theories with out seeing the first foundation for these speculations.”
In line with the Publish, US officers have excessive confidence within the CIA’s evaluation.
A spokesman for the CIA declined to remark to the Publish. The Saudi authorities has denied bin Salman’s involvement in Khashoggi’s dying.
Khashoggi, a former Saudi royal insider who grew to become a critic of the nation’s authorities, went lacking in October after he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to acquire papers for his upcoming marriage. The Saudi authorities supplied altering explanations for Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Included within the US intelligence analyzed by the CIA was a telephone name the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman made to Khashoggi, encouraging the journalist to make the journey to the consulate to get the paperwork, in line with the Publish. Sources advised the Publish that Khalid made the decision at his brother’s command.
“I by no means talked to him by telephone and definitely by no means urged he go to Turkey for any cause. I ask the US authorities to launch any data relating to this declare,” Khalid mentioned.
He mentioned the final contact he’d had with Khashoggi was by way of textual content in October 2017.
Fatimah Baeshen, a spokeswoman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington, advised the Publish that Khalid, who’s the Saudi ambassador to the US, and Khashoggi by no means mentioned “something associated to going to Turkey.”
Maher Mutreb, an alleged member of the Saudi hit crew and a safety official for the crown prince, positioned the telephone name to a high aide for bin Salman informing the aide that the job had been finished, folks accustomed to the decision advised the newspaper.
The CIA doesn’t know the placement of Khashoggi’s stays, in line with the Publish.
Khashoggi was killed following “a battle and a quarrel” on the Saudi consulate, the prosecutor’s workplace claimed. Prosecutors mentioned Khashoggi was tied up and injected with an overdose of a sedative that killed him. Then, in line with prosecutors, his physique was dismembered and faraway from the consulate by 5 folks.
CNN’s Donna Borak, Nicole Gaouette, Sarah El Sirgany, Nada Altaher, Bianca Britton and Jennifer Hauser contributed to this report.