The mystery of the month dominating much of the news in October (save for the brief run of a B-reel would-be mail bomber) has concerned the disappearance of Saudi spook and journalist and Jamal Khashoggi, which by all appearances – as relayed by Turkish intelligence believed to be in possession of surveillance tapes of his torture, murder and dismembering – is the handiwork of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a/k/a MBS, now a/k/a Mohammed “Bone Sawman”. For context, see our coverage on the occasion of his then newly acquired status in our July 4 2017 edition.
The disappearance occurred at the beginning of the month, but it took a week or so before the story gained traction…
Middle East Monitor – Khashoggi killed, torn to pieces by ‘butcher’ in pre-prepared room
Questions are raised as to Jared Kushner’s involvement… Motive? Was “Bone Sawman” set up? His hubris makes it easy – with enough rope to hang himself… One outcome of the affair may serve as a relief of some pressure on Trump – see our Compromised by Candid Camera, and note that MBS may no longer have the privilege of access to that particular camera…
Wayne Madsen Report – October 12-14, 2018 — Trump White House may face conspiracy to commit murder charges
Trump administration princeling Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, may soon come under the federal law enforcement spotlight for his knowledge of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS) plan to murder Washington-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, a graduate of Indiana State University, was the former editor of the Saudi newspaper Al Watan, editor-in-chief of Al Arab News Channel, and a columnist for The Washington Post and other periodicals. He disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian Consulate-General in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish and U.S. intelligence officials are reporting that Khashoggi was killed by a 15-member special assassination squad flown to Istanbul after it was discovered by Saudi intelligence that Khashoggi had an October 2 appointment to secure documents needed for him to marry a Turkish national. Khashoggi was reportedly killed, his body dismembered by the team, and his remains buried in the garden of the residence of the Saudi Consul General in Istanbul. WMR has learned that Khashoggi may not be the only Saudi journalist targeted by MBS. MBS maintains within the Royal Court a special “communications team,” headed by Saud Al-Qahtani, to identify critics of MBS and deal with them appropriately. Khashoggi appeared at the top of the black list of MBS opponents.
Kushner has maintained an unusually friendly relationship with MBS. [MBS, Kushner, Ivanka Trump pictured right] Although the two are relatively close in age — Kushner is 37 and MBS is 33 — Kushner is a die-hard supporter of the expansionist parties in Israel and a close family friend of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
In October 2017, Kushner traveled to Riyadh, where he and MBS had at least one meeting, which lasted well into the early morning hours. Kushner is said to have turned over to MBS a list of the names of MBS opponents, who were members of the Saudi royal house, government, and business. The list may have also contained the name “Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi.” The list was compiled by Kushner from top secret special code word documents he had earlier requested from the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. Those on the list were all subjects of NSA and CIA communications intercepts of phone calls, video conferences, and emails.
In November 2017, MBS ordered the arrest and detention at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton Hotel of over 200 members of the Saudi royal family, including rival princes, as well as others.
MBS bragged to his associates that the names of those he ordered arrested came from a list provided to him by Kushner. The detainees, some of whom were tortured — including at least one who died while being tortured — were not freed until they agreed to hand over much of their wealth, much of its in offshore accounts, to MBS. At least $100 billion was obtained by MBS as a result.
Federal law enforcement assisting in the investigation of Khashoggi’s murder are zeroing in on a series of phone calls between Kushner and MBS prior to Khashoggi flying to Washington to Istanbul to obtain marriage documentation from the Saudi consulate-general. Although some of the calls involved a $110 billion U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a deal that had Kushner’s personal support, investigators want to know if the subject of Khashoggi’s criticism of MBS’s regime came up during the conversations. If Kushner had advance knowledge of MBS’s plans to either kidnap or murder Khashoggi, Kushner would be an accessory to conspiracy to commit homicide. MBS once bragged that he had Kushner “in his pocket.” How much so is now of great interest to the FBI and INTERPOL. Also of interest to law enforcement are calls intercepted by the NSA between the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Khaled bin Salman — MBS’s brother — and the royal palace in Riyadh, as well as calls between Khaled bin Salman and Kushner.
What should be worrisome to Kushner is the fact that the Saudi National Guard (SANG), whose ranks are made up of members of various Saudi tribes, is leading a major internal Saudi power struggle against MBS. Thanks to decades of support from various U.S. defense and intelligence contractors, including the CIA-linked Vinnell Corporation of Fairfax, Virginia, SANG has its own intelligence-gathering apparatus. SANG has also made a temporary alliance with the intelligence service of Qatar, since both view MBS as their common enemy. It is this combined SANG-Qatari intelligence capability, which is conducting constant surveillance of MBS and his cronies and assassination squads, that should cause Kushner to have many a sleepless night.
Pepe Escobar’s sources say the same – from his social media:
“EXCLUSIVE: BUTCHER/KILLER/REFORMER MBS AND HIS PAL JARED
One of my top House of Saud-related sources confirmed it – once again: Khashoggi was CIA – and no wonder the CIA WaPo is up in arms.
Quite a few CIA senior ops are also after MBS prime WhatsApp pal Jared.
The narrative is that Jared alerted MBS that Khashoggi was a danger.
Other CIA ops were already in uproar when MBS pulled his Ritz-Carlton jail stunt – accusing Jared of TREASON: giving away CIA files on dissidents in the royal family which were CIA agents. That led to their deaths or arrests or at least forking out billions.
This is the real game: civil war at the top. The Trump clan vs. the CIA. Everything else is smoke and mirrors.”
Oct. 22 Update…
THE BONE SAW-KHASHOGGI PHONE CALL: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
This is what was leaked by Turkish daily Yeni Safak:
“Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi team inside the consulate building. Then Prince Mohammed contacted Khashoggi by phone and tried to convince him to return to Riyadh.”
Then, “Khashoggi refused Prince Mohammed’s offer out of fear he would be arrested and killed if he returned. The assassination team then killed Khashoggi after the conversation ended.”
Well, this leak is arguably part of Erdogan’s Killer Special he plans to announce “in detail” TOMORROW.
But now there is a completely different narrative doing the rounds.
According to this narrative, the US Deep State handed out a fortune for Khashoggi to organize a coup against Bone Saw.
Makes sense: Khashoggi was CIA embedded in the WaPo.
So Khashoggi arranged to meet with 17 members of the Saudi Royal Guard at the consulate in Istanbul to hand over the funds.
But then the Royal Guard – or hit squad – turned the tables and had him admit on tape that the funds came from Western intel, and Pulp Fiction went ahead.
The US Deep state – especially the CIA – bent on regime change in Riyadh fits with all the info I received from my best sources for months now.
BUT if this new narrative is true Riyadh should have the “confession” tape – and could have release it by now, killing the story.
As Pepe notes, İbrahim Karagül is considered to be the unofficial spokesman of Erdoğan…
Amid much expectation that Erdoğan would play the torture/murder tapes alleged to be in his possession, his October 23 speech was rather anti-climactic…
Was it Director of CIA Gina Haspel’s visit which prevented a full revelation by Erdoğan?…
Washington Post (Oct. 22) – CIA director flies to Turkey amid growing controversy over Jamal Khashoggi killing
Ultimately, we may as well defer to Columbo to solve the case. As it turns out, the Oct. 12, 1975 episode – A Case of Immunity – bears certain similarities to the embassy killing. In the ‘Saurian’ consulate, the king’s first secretary and his assistant (played by Sal Mineo) plot to murder and then frame the chief of security as a traitor…
Vagebond’s Columbo Screenshots – Columbo 33 – A Case of Immunity (1975) part 01
Here are some quotations apropos to our current geopolitical context, with approximate time-stamps in the episode…
22:30 – Nobody from the outside came in and committed this crime. It was all done from within… It’s an inside job, sir.
43:00 – King: You say ‘our ways’ but you mean your ways. Hassan Salah: The ways of your father and his father before him. K: There is a place for tradition Hassan, but we must learn to live in this world as neighbors. We cannot be blind to the changes happening all around us. [veiled reference to Arab hostilities to the State of Israel?]
54:00 – Kermit Morgan [of the U.S. State dept. The choice of the odd name “Kermit” for this character perhaps alludes to Kermit Roosevelt, co-conspirator in the MI6/CIA overthrow of Iran’s Mossadegh in 1953]: Let me tell you something lieutenant, it may go against your grain, but it’s reality, right from the State department. We don’t care if Salah is guilty or innocent. We do care about our countries’ relations!
1:05:50 – Haj Kura: There is something of the father in the son, Hassan. HS: There is something of the father in many of us, Haj. But the throne makes the man, not the blood.
Most ominous however are the words of the king when Columbo informs that he is from homicide: Homicide! That is exciting. The real thing, not what we see on your American TV shows, eh? As it turns out, the real thing tragically would occur four months following the premier of this episode, as Sal Mineo would be murdered on February 12, 1976 in L.A. (details at Crime Magazine). In the Columbo episode, his character Rachman Habib, the co-conspirator in the first murder, was killed in a staged auto accident. In turn, this parallels the death of one of the alleged co-conspirators in the Khashoggi murder…
Yet it remains a question mark headline. So far no body. Without a body, where is the crime to present to a jury? What is a Columbo to do?…