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1. Jamal Khashoggi’s little-known past comes to light.
Tell-all book describes Khashoggi's lesser-known past affiliation with Bin Laden as active members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
2. Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda & Road to 9/11, couldn't have imagined one of the other characters in his book was going to be at the centre of a huge political & diplomatic controversy, no less than the book’s central character, namely Osama Bin Laden
3. In one paragraph, Wright mentions a close friend of Bin Laden's who shared the latter’s ambition to “establish an Islamic state anywhere.” That friend was Jamal Khashoggi.
Yes, read that again.…
4. Both Bin Laden and Khashoggi were at the time active members of the Muslim Brotherhood and later Bin Laden would split from the Brotherhood to form with Abdullah Azzam Al-Qaeda, the most dangerous organisation in the world.
5. On page 78 of his book, Wright quoted Khashoggi as saying that he and Bin Laden believed that “the first one [Islamic state] would lead to another, and that would have a domino effect which could reverse the history of mankind.”
6. May 4, 1988, the Saudi daily Arab News published a report by Jamal Khashoggi about his tour in Afghanistan in the company of Al-Qaeda operatives. Khashoggi was a journalist, the photos published show him wearing Afghani garb and shouldering a RBG rocket launcher.
7. Khashoggi’s Arab News report was given the title “Arab youths fight shoulder to shoulder with Mujahedeen” and it detailed the activities of the Al-Qaeda founding members in Pakistan during that crucial period of the Afghani campaign.
8. The article of course included interviews with Bin Laden and a number of other founding members of Al-Qaeda
9. One source said: “Jamal Khashoggi was in the end an intelligence agent in journalist clothes. If he’s not found alive, he would be the victim of a game where journalism and intelligence services are all mixed up and he had never imagined that one day it would turn against him"
10. Our media will have you believe that Khashoggi was an American journalist whose death must be avenged, and by doing nothing Trump is somehow complicit in his slaying.
I think Trump's refusal to take umbrage with Saudi Arabia makes more sense in the light of Khashoggi's past.
11. Turns out Khashoggi wasn't a US citizen, didn't even have a green card. He was in the US on a visa.
But again, don't look in the direction of MSM to spell this out.…
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