Jamal Khashoggi, a longtime Saudi intelligence agent had aligned himself with Mohammed bin Nayef in an internal Saudi power struggle against MbS,
Khashoggi went to Istanbul to build the public relations infrastructure for regime change in Saudi Arabia.
Jamal Khashoggi, a prolific writer and commentator, was working quietly with Turkish and Saudi intellectuals, reformists and Islamists to launch a group called “Democracy for the Arab World Now” (DAWN). Khashoggi had incorporated his democracy advocacy group, DAWN, in January 2018 in Delaware.
The CIA had disliked Mohammed bin Salmon (MbS) since he replaced Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince. MbN is a longtime U.S. asset with a proven record of cooperation. MbS came from nowhere and the CIA has no control over him. That he is indeed impulsive and reckless only adds to that.
Nevertheless the billionaire prince had deep and close ties to the Trump son in law and is very reluctantly supported by Donald Trump who probably regrets being influenced to support MbS by Kushner.
Khashoggi’s efforts to overthrow the crown prince were allegedly financed by Qatar but probably also had CIA support. MbS got wind thereof. He told his private office chief Bader Al Asaker to send his bodyguards to kill Khashoggi.
Turkey had the Consulate bugged and recorded the murder, the CIA also recorded a phone call of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordering his brother to ‘silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible’, Hürriyet Daily News reported on Thursday. According to a Hürriyet columinist, CIA Director Gina Haspel indicated during a trip to Ankara in October that the purported recording features a conversation between MBS and his brother Khaled bin Salman, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States.
Trump then sent Secretary of State Pompeo who told them to find a sufficiently high ranking scapegoat.
Bruce Riedel, a (former) high level CIA analyst, long warned of betting on Mohammad bin Salman. Even before the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Riedel wrote that Saudi Arabia is at its least stable in 50 years (also here), Trump is backing MbS to save his Mideast policy and looming war on Iran.
In the present circumstances if King Salman suddenly dies there will probably be a leadership crisis. and U.S. Middle East policy, largely build around MbS, would then fall apart.
Watch for the rise of Turkey as leader of the Islamic world [except Egypt] as per Psalm 83.
During the coming Israeli war on Hezbollah, the Turkish backed militias will be in a position to flood into Latakia from Idlib and take a dominate role in post war Syria, while the Saudi position of Islamic leadership [as well as US influence] is being heavily undermined in favor of Turkey today.
David tells us in Psalm 83 that Syria, Jordan, and the Arab countries led by Turkey [reminiscent of the Ottomans] will be closely associated with Assur [Germany, Austria and Hungary, the core with France, of the rising New Europe] and through them the soon coming New Europe.
Psalm 83:1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. 83:2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 83:3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden [protected] ones.
83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 83:5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
83:6 The tabernacles of Edom [Turkey], and the Ishmaelites [true Arabs, sons of Ishmael; son of Abraham and Agar]; of Moab [northern Jordan today], and the Hagarenes [Arabs who are sons of Agar by another than Abraham, and also not the sons of Ishmael];
83:7 Geba [Lebanon], and Ammon [southern Jordan today], and Amalek [a tribe of the Turks]; the Philistines [Gaza] with the inhabitants of Tyre [Lebanon];
83:8 Assur [Germany, Austria, Hungary] also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot [will help modern Jordan; Ammon and Moab]. Selah.