Saudi Cover Story On Jamal Khashoggi Murder Doubted By Sunday News Analysts

position is to wait and see the results of that. Now, it has initiated an "investigation" into his death led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (known as MBS), the heir apparent to the kingdom and a major Hollywood/tech industry player. The official U.S. But analysts on Sunday news programs scoffed at the notion that anyone but MBS himself could have authorized the murder, and some predicted his viability as a leader is in jeopardy.
"I still believe and the Post as an institution still believes that this is not an explanation, this is an attempt at a cover-up," Attiah said. "So much doesn't add up for me personally who knew Jamal, worked with Jamal over the last year."
"Five of his top personal bodyguards are among those accused," Durbin said. "His personal bodyguards and one of them have said, publicly a year ago, 'I don’t move without an order from the executive.' The Crown Prince has his fingerprints all over this and the fact that he is heading up the investigation makes it totally incredible."
Karen Attiah, the global opinions editor of the Washington Post and Khashoggi's editor, called the Saudi explanation "a cover-up" on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
"This was an operation that was a rogue operation," Al-Jubeir contended. They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it."” /> "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had.
The explanation by the Saudi Arabian government that 60-year-old, out-of-shape Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a fist fight against hardened security men is being soundly dismissed Sunday morning news analysis programs by politicians and media.
Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, disappeared October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. After denying a role in the Khashoggi disappearance, the Saudi government finally admitted late last week that he died during his meeting there.
If the U.S. gives the Saudis a pass on the Khashoggi murder, it will have wide implications, Attiah said, creating a "free pass to be able to go to other countries and snatch people up just for having an opinion."
"I can tell you I don’t find this Saudi account credible at all. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of the House Intelligence Committee was equally dismissive of Saudi claims during his time on This Week. But I think we can see where this is headed." Rep. There’s simply no way they dispatched a team this large and that Khashoggi engaged in some kind of a brawl with them unless he was merely fighting for his life.
"We should call on our allies to do the same. Unless the Saudi kingdom understands that civilized countries around the world are going to reject this conduct and make sure that they pay a price for it, they’ll continue doing it." Durbin suggested expelling the Saudi ambassador from the U.S. until there is a third-party investigation.
Fox News on Sunday featured Bret Baier interviewing Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, who said the 18 people implicated in Khashoggi's slaying would be punished appropriately. The Saudis continue to blame a "rogue operation" for Khashoggi's death.
On NBC's Meet the Press, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said he believed the Crown Prince ordered the Khashoggi murder.
He called for sanctions on those directly involved in the murder. Schiff said he found it "hard to imagine that these orders would have been carried out without the knowledge of the Crown Prince.