- The journalist was killed in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
- The incident took place while visiting the consulate to get a document related to the marriage
- A CIA investigation has found that the Saudi Crown Prince was involved
If Biden calls King Salman in connection with Khashoggi’s assassination, it will be the first official communication between the two leaders. He has not called on Saudi officials since the Joe Biden government came to power in the United States. A White House spokesman had earlier said that Baiden would not communicate with the current Crown Prince in Saudi Arabia and would only make official communications with King Salman as head of state.
Crown Prince in prison
Al Jazeera reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been implicated in an investigation by the US Director of National Intelligence into the assassination of Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post. In October 2018, a journalist was killed by Saudi agents at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The incident took place while visiting the consulate to get a document related to the marriage. The U.S. media has reported that the Saudi Crown Prince was involved in a CIA investigation. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, said he had no involvement in the incident and was only responsible for the incident as a Saudi ruler.
The U.S. says the report will be released soon
In December 2019, the US Congress passed a law directing the Director of National Intelligence to release a confidential report on Khashoggi’s assassination within 30 days, but then – President Donald Trump refused to approve it. The move was based on Trump’s personal relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince. However, he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Congress’ demand for the intelligence passed to Hussein. Meanwhile, Avril Haynes, director of Biden’s National Intelligence, had earlier said the secret report would be released. The director made the remarks in response to a question from Senator Ron Wyden.