The CIA has concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing anonymous sources aware of the investigations.
This information disclosed by the Washington Post, which regularly collaborated with Ryad's critical journalist, contradicts the recent claims of the Saudi kingdom, which has completely cleared Mohammed bin Salmane, nicknamed "MBS."
Contacted by AFP, the US intelligence agency refused to comment.
To reach these claims, the Washington Post reports, the CIA examined several sources of intelligence, including a call between the brother of the powerful Crown Prince, also a Saudi ambassador to the United States, and Jamal Khashoggi.
According to the Washington daily Khalid ben Salmane advised Khashoggi to go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, assuring him that nothing would happen to him
The daily adds that he made this phone call at the request of his brother, adding that it was not clear that Khalid ben Salman was aware that Mr. Khashoggi would then be murdered.
Khalid ben Salman quickly reacted on Twitter to these accusations, staunchly refuting the Washington Post's allegations.
"This is a serious accusation that should not be left to anonymous sources," he said, accompanying his tweet with a statement he said he had sent to the newspaper.
"At no time did Prince Khalid discuss anything with Jamal about a trip to Turkey," he wrote.
The New York Times reports that US officials have warned that US and Turkish intelligence agencies have no clear evidence linking the powerful Crown Prince to the assassination of Mr. Khashoggi.
But according to the New York newspaper, citing officials, the CIA believes that the prince's influence is such that the assassination could not have occurred without his approval.
Entered October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the journalist critic of power was assassinated.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly changed its official version of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi when he crossed the door of the consulate.
The Saudi Attorney General admitted Thursday that the journalist was drugged and dismembered on the spot.
Out of a total of 21 suspects, he has now indicted 11 people who will be brought to justice. He requested the death penalty for five of them.
But Mohammed bin Salmane, nicknamed "MBS", had no knowledge of the matter, the spokesman of the Attorney General Shaalan al-Shaalan said at a press conference in Riyadh.
Historic ally of Ryad, Washington on Thursday hastened to announce sanctions against 17 Saudi officials for their "responsibility or complicity" in the murder of Khashoggi.