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‘The Dissident’ Unravels the Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi

‘The Dissident’ Unravels the Assassination of Jamal Khashoggi

A top official in Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service, the General Intelligence Presidency (GIP), has been implicated in the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi (pronounced “Kash-shoke-gee”) The Office of the Director of the National Intelligence has released a declassified report concluding that the order for the assassination came from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A...

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‘Electronic Authoritarianism:’ How MBS Rose to Power in Saudi Arabia

‘Electronic Authoritarianism:’ How MBS Rose to Power in Saudi Arabia

A new biography of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), by Ben Hubbard, describes how he perfected “electronic authoritarianism.” From Fred Hiatt’s review in the The Washington Post the most fundamental change the headstrong crown prince has brought about, Hubbard shows, is to turn a “soft-gloved autocracy” that featured multiple centers of power, and...

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Ignatius’ Tale: Has the CIA Turned on MBS?

Ignatius’ Tale: Has the CIA Turned on MBS?

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius gets a hard time for his CIA sources.  In January 2017 he broke the story that Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied about his pre-inauguration contacts with the Russian ambassador. The story, attributed to a “senior U.S. government official,” proved to be accurate. Flynn lost his job. Glenn Greenwald...

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Saudi Intelligence and the Khashoggi Affair

Saudi Intelligence and the Khashoggi Affair

(From Top World  Intelligence Agencies) As the monarchy’s intelligence apparatus, GIP is instrumental to the power of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Once the King’s personal security detail, the Saudi service was organized into a modern intelligence service by Prince Turki al-Faisal in the 1970s. Faisal, who maintained good relations with the U.S. CIA and Washington...