A US Department of State official, who has seen a version of the CIA’s assessment on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has said it is “blindingly obvious” that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing.
On Tuesday, the official told ABC News on the condition of anonymity that it was “blindingly obvious” and there was an “overwhelming consensus that the leadership is involved”.
However, the official acknowledged that the words “probably” and “likely” are used when attributing the death to Prince Mohammed, ABC News reported, adding that the source noted that CIA analysis reports rarely include explicit conclusions.
US President Donald Trump has been facing increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia before the expected release of an official report into Khashoggi’s murder.
Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC.
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