After Lying For Weeks, Saudi Arabia Admits Journalist’s Murder Was Planned

After weeks of lying, Saudi Arabia finally admitted that the brutal killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (pictured above) at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, was a “premeditated” murder.

The Saudi government originally claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but when that lie failed, the Saudis claimed that Khashoggi died after a “brawl” escalated, reports USA TODAY.

President Donald Trump, who has defended the Saudi regime, told The Wall Street Journal that Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman told him that he knew nothing about Khashoggi’s murder, which was carried out by 15 of Salman’s agents:

I want to believe him. I really want to believe him. They’ve been a very good ally. They’ve been a tremendous investor in our military equipment and other things.

Trump failed to mention the numerous human rights violations committed by the Saudis, noted by Human Right Watch.

CIA Director Gina Haspel has reportedly heard the Turkish audio recording of Khashoggi being tortured and killed by the Saudi agents, who serve Salman.

Haspel, who supported torture during the W. Bush administration, is expected to is expected to brief Trump today.

(Sources: USA TODAY, The Wall Street Journal, Human Rights Watch, Middle East Eye, Photo Credit: POMED/Flickr)

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