Quality of Life Program: National Cultural Awards culminates support to Saudi culture, intellectuals    KSrelief Supports Early Recovery and Livelihoods Sector as Part of Saudi Arabia's Grant to Support Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2020    KSrelief Continues Distributing Ramadan Food Baskets in Lebanon    King, Crown Prince condoles Turkmen president on death of his father    Presidency to increase capacity of Mataf Courtyard, allocating 4 paths for elderly    India Reports New High of 1,761 Daily COVID-19 Deaths    Russia reports 8,164 new COVID-19 cases, 379 deaths    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs Disbursement of SR 1.9 Billion of Ramadan Aid for Social Insurance Beneficiaries    China administered total of 195.02 mln COVID-19 vaccines as of April 19    Prince Khalid meets with UK PM's envoy to Gulf region    10 million people in UK receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine    Video clip showing expats being assaulted is old: Riyadh Police    US immigration agencies ordered to end use of terms 'alien' and 'assimilation'    US warns against travel to 80% of all countries due to COVID-19 State Department 'strongly recommends' US citizens reconsider any travel aborad    Chairman of Libyan Presidential Council Meets with Algerian Foreign Minister    In Jeel Tamooh's third edition, BCG experts, 100 world-class Saudi students come together    UAE government adopts 'blockchain' technology in authentication services    KSrelief signs two joint agreements to serve needy people in Yemen    Jadwa Investment partners with MHRSD to develop non-profit sector    Oilfields Supply Center's $570m investment in SPARK    SRC Obtains Good Ratings From Moody's, Fitch    National Center for Privatization Hosts Chinese Investors Forum    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Higher at 10,097 Points    Saudi Al-Hilal Defeats UAE Shabab Al-Ahli witn AFC Champions League    Saudi Al-Ahli, Qatari Al-Duhail Drew 1-1    Messi fires Barca to dominant Cup final win    Bayern moves closer to title but Flick says he's leaving    IRTI Report Showcases Sustainable Development Goals for IsDB Member States    Bayern move closer to title but Flick says he's leaving    The importance of legal specialization    Indian actor and environmentalist Vivek dies at age of 59    Alert over shortage of new drugs for 'world's most dangerous bacteria'    Helen McCrory, 'Harry Potter' and 'Peaky Blinders' star, dead at 52    New global compact aims to drive down diabetes deaths, boost insulin access    Welcome to beautiful Ramadan customs    Foundation stone laid for Jeddah Formula One circuit    Laying the Foundation Stone for Jeddah Formula One Circuit    King Salman Center for Disability Research Launches 2nd Edition of its Story Collection (Awareness)    Riyadh Light Witnesses Conclusion of External Artworks    Riyadh Light Turned the Capital into Lights' Aura    Colored Triangles Decorate Conference Building, at King Abdullah Financial Center    Vaccination does not invalidate fasting, says UAE Fatwa Council    It is high time to correct wrong concepts about women's status    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Court facilitates young woman's marriage after stripping father's guardianship    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





US reports ‘abuse of the intelligence community's power' New report on Khashoggi murder is worthless, former official warns
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 07 - 03 - 2021

The US intelligence assessment released by the US President Joe Biden Administration on the murder of late journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "an abuse of the intelligence community's power," Kirsten Fontenrose, who was serving as senior director for Gulf affairs at the National Security Council at the time of Khashoggi's murder said.
Fontenrose was so concerned at the time that she warned the CIA that if the report was included in the president's daily intelligence briefing, she would attach a memo that warned him, "this is intelligence based on supposition and triangulation and being used to force your hand."
Fontenrose was not a political appointee, but rather a career civil service officer who worked for presidents of both parties in the Pentagon and the State Department. She left the National Security Council in late 2018 because she clashed with senior Trump White House officials.
Fontenrose told Eli Lake in Tablet that the declassified document released last month used very similar language to the classified report that crossed her desk in 2018. "The only piece of this that is high confidence is the last paragraph," she said, noting that this paragraph lists the names of the Saudi henchmen who were outed by Turkish intelligence at the time.
Phrases like "high confidence" are important to intelligence assessments because they convey how certain the analyst is of the conclusion.
Presuming that MBS, as the Crown Prince is often known, signed on in some way to the operation is very different than presenting proof that he personally ordered Khashoggi's murder. Nor does it seem reasonable to necessarily assume that the Saudis intended to murder a highly visible regime opponent inside their own consulate in Turkey — a country with which the Kingdom has had uneven relations. Rather, the Khashoggi killing has many hallmarks of an attempted kidnapping gone wrong.
This distinction matters a great deal to American foreign policy. Fontenrose told Lake that the 2018 assessment provided no "smoking gun" proof of the Crown Prince's role in a murder plot. "Without that smoking gun there is insufficient justification to trash the US-Saudi relationship when Bin Salman is going to lead that country for decades unless the US wants to get back into the business of regime change."
On Feb. 26, the Biden administration disclosed perhaps the worst-kept secret in Washington: The US intelligence community blames Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman for ordering the operation that ended in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, writes Eli Lake in Tablet. — Agencies


Clic here to read the story from its source.