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.

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?

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

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:

3:04—Below tweet was initially a joke but now I believe 100% went down this way

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?

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.

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.

More tomorrow!

Will Pollocksideways is a perpetually crabby New York City escapee based in Midtown Atlanta. He’s a freelance multimedia journalist, media analyst and author of two books (award-winning Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way.

In 2001, Will earned his Masters from The Medill School of Journalism, graduating with highest honors from the magazine sequence. As permanent member of Journalism’s National Honors Society, he’s been active in monitoring, writing and blogging about media and journalism ever since he graduated.

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