Inside Story

Will the US punish Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi’s murder?

The CIA is reported to have concluded that the Saudi crown prince ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

It’s what many have suspected ever since Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in Istanbul six weeks ago.

The Washington Post says the CIA has concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did give the order to kill the journalist.

The American spy agency is not commenting on the reports.

Meanwhile, the Saudi embassy in Washington says the CIA assessment is false.

If not, the CIA finding is the first direct confirmation of the crown prince’s involvement after Turkey said the order to kill came from the highest level in the kingdom.

Where does the finding leave Saudi-US relations? And where does it leave the fate of bin Salman?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Glenn Carle – Career CIA officer and the former deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats

Scott Lucas – Professor of American studies at the University of Birmingham