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The publication of the US intelligence report on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, and the Saudi crown prince’s relationship with that, sparked a storm of responses on social media, while the Saudi media touched on the report briefly.
The hashtag “# We are all Muhammad bin Salman” published the “Twitter” site in Saudi Arabia, and the tweeters considered that the report relied on conclusions and speculative expressions and did not provide evidence, while others saw it as an attempt to target Prince Muhammad bin Salman and the Kingdom.
CIA report on #Jamal_Khashoggi (A scandal by all standards) How does an agency such as the CIA (which is the most famous in the world), derive its information from unknown sources and do not bear tangible evidence that can be relied upon # We are all_Mohammed_Ben_Salman
Khaled Al-Zaatar (@khzaatar) February 26, 2021
The Saudi judiciary said its word early in a case #Khashoggi In the presence and follow-up of the blood guardians, justice was achieved, and the CIA report is only material for media consumption.# We are all_Mohammed_Ben_Salman
– Fahad Al-Ajlan (@FahadAlajlan) February 26, 2021
The targeting of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a point of agreement among the demoralisers of people from many places. We have been used to something like that a long time ago. #Crown May God protect him, Saudi Arabia, with its history, pride, the dignity of its people, and the sophistication of its leaders, will remain a great country# We are all_Mohammed_Ben_Salmanpic.twitter.com/6TbKaq1p5V
– Abdulaziz Al-Usaimi (@ mr_abdualaziz1) February 26, 2021
Ali Al-Shehabi, the former president of the Arabia Foundation in Washington, wrote on Twitter that there is nothing new in the report and that “there is no irrefutable evidence against Mohammed bin Salman.”
Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, the author of the Saudi article, said, “It is stated in the report: It is not confirmed that the accused team was on a trip to get rid of Khashoggi.” He also said that “there is no hard evidence.”
The largest Saudi newspapers and television channels did not report the news of the report’s release. In its evening bulletin, the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya channel made a brief reference to the report and focused on what it said was the absence of any tangible evidence. The semi-official Okaz newspaper also wrote on the first page of its issued issue. Today the “homeland is fortified” with a big picture of the crown prince smiling.
She said, “The Biden administration will soon realize that the complex issues in the region will not find a solution except through a new and exceptional agreement with its partners in the region that includes accountability for Tehran.”
And the American intelligence said in its report, “We estimate that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to arrest or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
The summary of the report added: “We base this assessment on the crown prince’s control over decision-making in the Kingdom, the direct participation of a key advisor and members of preventive security personnel of Muhammad bin Salman in the process, and support for the crown prince to use violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi.” .
Saudi Arabia officially rejected “the abusive and incorrect findings in the report about the kingdom’s leadership,” according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, adding that those responsible for this “heinous crime” were tried before Saudi courts and “were brought to justice.”
Riyadh denies any involvement of the crown prince.
Source: RT + Reuters