BREAKING: U.S. officials believe Saudi crown prince approved operation to 'capture or kill' journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says newly released document. https://t.co/VYlC0HEnHq
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 26, 2021
What follows below is a timeline, synopsis and analysis of how United States has—FINALLY—brushed back Saudi Arabia for its orchestrated, brutal murder of WaPo journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
2:01 p.m.—Secretary of State Blinken announces travel bans on 76 Saudi nationals including but not limited to those involved in Khashoggi’s death and dismemberment.
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) February 26, 2021
2:29 p.m.—Here’s a direct link to ODNI’s Khashoggi report; I’ll read it an analyze below in just a few moments.
2:32—ODNI report cites Saudis reaching “beyond their borders” to carry out an execution and so here’s my question: when is Russia’s time in the barrel?
I am curious about those who don't think Russia i.e Putin is behind the #skirpal poisoning if they think the deaths of journalists and opposition figures in Russia opposed to Putin are just coincidences. https://t.co/WkRGIsmPKv
— John Smith (son of Harry Leslie Smith) (@Harryslaststand) March 15, 2018
2:35—Whilst on-subject of barrels there’s the teeny-tiny matter of American citizens allegedly conspiring with Saudi Arabia (KSA) in Khashoggi’s operation
There is STRONG evidence that Trump gave King Salman the green light in a phone call at 9:00 AM, 3 days before the October 2nd assassination of Khashoggi. Trump was likely seeking vengeance on @Alwaleed_Talal, Khashoggi's one time boss. pic.twitter.com/Q6mQQ4I29b
— Puesto Loco™ (@PuestoLoco) February 26, 2021
2:43—MBS “has proven that he’s unfit for the diplomatic arena and he should be banished from those international meetings,” says Agnes Callamard, author of United Nations report on Khashoggi killing in 2019. Watch the full clip below because it’s VERY important:
The release of a declassified report on Jamal Khashoggi will be delayed until President Biden speaks to Saudi King Salman, sources tell CNN.
Agnes Callamard, lead investigator on a 2019 UN Khashoggi report, discusses her findings and expectations. https://t.co/MQiuFHo4Zp pic.twitter.com/on2iY2M0kT
— CNN News Central (@NewsCentralCNN) February 25, 2021
3:04—Below tweet was initially a joke but now I believe 100% went down this way
let’s game this out—
intel agent: Khashoggi’s in danger
Trump: who cares
agent: sir we’ve a duty to warn
DT: Saudis paid millions for condos very fine people
DT: probably rogue killers #maddow
— Will's Media Reform School #DoBetter ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) October 16, 2018
3:11—remember when Mike “Misha” Flynn got caught on wiretaps which led to his firing? Anyone who spoke to MBS about Khashoggi should probably get a team of lawyers if they haven’t already: “intercepts of the crown prince’s calls in the days before the killing and calls by the kill team to a senior aide to the crown prince.” Which Americans are on those wiretaps?
Why is the US report on Khashoggi's murder likely to finger the Saudi crown prince? Evidence reportedly to be cited: "intercepts of the crown prince’s calls in the days before the killing and calls by the kill team to a senior aide to the crown prince."https://t.co/dCXHIIgAJs pic.twitter.com/x0UxcXLSBW
— Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) February 25, 2021
3:26—MBS & KSA allegedly tried the Khashoggi gambit AGAIN on a different dissident called Saad Aljabri and Trump was simultaneously trying to get MBS immunity. This entire report-release feels like a nasty donald trump subtweet.
UPDATE 5: if @realdonaldtrump knowingly participated in murder of Jamal Khashoggi; then grants immunity to co-conspirator MBS on *identical* scheme to bonesaw Saad Aljabri
— Will's Media Reform School #DoBetter ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) December 23, 2020
3:57—pausing here to finish up bits of business and will restart my reading of the report tomorrow. meantime keep in mind we had FBI pop up with an alert regarding 2016 election interference; having these 2 bombshells happen within a day of each other ain’t a coincidence.
hi @FBI blink twice if trump threatened retaliation
— Will's Media Reform School #DoBetter ⚖️ 🌻 (@bywillpollock) February 25, 2021
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