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An Apple Watch, hired jet, and mystery vehicle figure in the search for journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who "disappeared" inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi is an outspoken critic of Jared Kushner's good friend, Saudi Crown Prince MBS.
"The order came from Saudi royal court."
Jared Kushner's friend, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure @washingtonpost columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from the US and detain him, US intelligence intercepts show.
by @shaneharris #Maddow @Kris_Sacrebleu…
The Khashoggi operation – involving 2 teams totaling 15 men, arriving & departing Turkey on separate planes – bore the hallmarks of a 'rendition,' in which someone is snatched from one country & deposited for interrogation in another.
#Maddow @Delavegalaw
Intelligence about Crown Prince MBS' earlier plan to snatch Khashoggi poses a political problem for Trump because MBS is particularly close to his senior adviser Jared Kushner and raises questions about whether his admin should've warned Khashoggi.
Dec 2016: Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi banned by his country for criticizing Trump. "When his advisers show him the map, will he realize supporting Putin means supporting Iran?"

Trump will never condemn Saudi re Khashoggi.
HT @kaythird #Maddow
Earlier this week, after the top official at the US Embassy in Riyadh asked MBS directly about the Khashoggi case, MBS demanded call with Jared Kushner, with whom he's particularly close. Now, the Trump admin is "trying to sweep [Khashoggi] under the rug."
In 2015, Trump bragged that Saudis "buy apartments from me. They spend $40M, $50M. Am I supposed to dislike them?”

Room revenues at Trump’s New York hotel saw a 13% boost in Q1 2018 because of Saudi Prince MBS' visit to NYC in March.
by @russchoma #Maddow
More than anyone in the Trump administration, Jared Kushner cultivated Saudi’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman — who likely ordered Jamal Khashoggi's murder — elevating MBS into a key ally [and passing MBS intelligence straight from the PDB].
The Turkish government informed US officials that it has audio & video recordings that prove @washingtonpost columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured then murdered.”
My god.
The audio recording reveals that after killing Khashoggi, the security team went to the Saudi consul general's home, where staff were told to go home early. There's also evidence of at least one phone call from inside the consulate.
#Maddow @Kris_Sacrebleu
"The audio in particular provides some of the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team is responsible for Khashoggi’s death."

But Trump remains noncommittal => Trump’s NY hotel room revenues saw a 13% boost in 2018 because of MBS.
ICYMI, May 2018: Cadre, a real estate tech startup co-founded & co-owned by Jared Kushner, sought a $100M investment from Softbank, which is funded by the govts of Saudi Arabia & UAE, whose crown princes, MBS & MBZ, claim Jared is under their sway.
On @maddow, @ddknyt, international correspondent for @nytimes, said that video of Jamal Khashoggi's murder was taken by the Saudi hit squad to prove they completed the job and it is very gruesome [obviously, since there was a bone saw involved].
@MaddowBlog @Delavegalaw
Khashoggi set his apple watch to 'AUDIO record' when he went into the consulate. It recorded his brutal beating & murder. The Saudis discovered the watch & tried to get the data but it had already uploaded to Khashoggi's phone, in his fiancee's hands. per @NicRobertsonCNN @Sabah
The Saudi hit squad had accessed Khashoggi's apple watch [which recorded his brutal beating & murder] via his fingerprints and deleted some files but his phone – which his fiancé was holding – had backup. Original reporting via @Sabah. @ragipsoylu #Maddow
The body of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was cut into pieces after he was killed 2 weeks ago at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official told @CNN on Tuesday.

"The order came from Saudi royal court." []
Mike Pompeo is on a quest to sell an utterly unbelievable story about Jamal Khashoggi's death after Trump threw a lifeline to MBS [with whom Jared Kushner has a weird, particularly close relationship]: "It could have been rogue killers. Who knows?"
Turkish officials provided @washingtonpost with scans of passports of 7 members of the Saudi hit squad who killed Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul [which could be used to prove if they were "rogue killers" or worked for MBS?]
Jared Kushner, who sought a $100M handout from a Saudi govt bank and has NO foreign policy experience, is "deeply involved" in the White House response to Khashoggi’s murder and has had direct phone calls with MBS, who says Jared is in his pocket.
Pompeo repeats MBS' denial of any knowledge of Khashoggi's murder in the Istanbul consulate. Per @John_Hudson, diplomatic sources expect a mutual understanding was made that someone will take the fall for Khashoggi's death, but US won't let this rupture the relationship.
Per @CNN: The Saudis claim that the head of the Khashoggi operation is a former military officer close to Crown Prince MBS' inner circle but it was a rogue operation that went wrong and the former officer kept MBS completely in the dark.

What BS.
"Turkish officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential intelligence, have said that all 15 suspects are Saudi security officers, intelligence agents or government employees." per @ddknyt @nytimes
Despite Trump's claim that Khashoggi's murder was "a rogue operation," one of the men on the Saudi hit squad is Crown Prince MBS' frequent companion, seen with him in Paris, Madrid, & the US; 3 others are linked to MBS’ security detail.
by @ddknyt #Maddow
Dr. Tubaigy, a member of the Saudi kill team who murdered Jamal Khashoggi, is a preeminent forensic expert [an autopsy doctor] who holds a senior position in the Saudi Interior Ministry and could only be directed by a high-ranking Saudi authority.
Maher Mutreb, a 'diplomat' who has traveled extensively with Crown Prince MBS [and stood guard next to MBS in Spain, France, & US this year] is named as one of the Saudi agents who assassinated Khashoggi and was photographed at Istanbul airport. So, not a ROGUE operation.
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