Pompeo dismisses Khashoggi as ‘activist’ whose murder was overblown by media

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In a brand new e book, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo derides the concept that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Submit contributing columnist who was brutally murdered in 2018, was a journalist. Pompeo sympathizes as an alternative with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia who was discovered to have ordered Khashoggi’s assassination, and defends at size america’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

In “By no means Give an Inch: Combating for the America I Love,” printed Tuesday, Pompeo says Khashoggi didn’t need to die and known as his killing “outrageous, unacceptable, horrific.” Nevertheless, he then goes on for a number of extra pages mocking the “disproportionate international uproar” over Khashoggi’s demise, arguing that Khashoggi was an “activist,” not a journalist, whose demise was “hammered” out of proportion by a very sympathetic media.

“Simply because the media spent years attempting to drive a wedge between me and President Trump, they spent the following weeks attempting to fracture America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia,” Pompeo wrote.

“The progressive Left hates MBS,” he wrote, utilizing a typical moniker for Mohammed, “regardless of the truth that he’s main the best cultural reform within the kingdom’s historical past. He’ll show to be probably the most vital leaders of his time, a very historic determine on the world stage.”

Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2, 2018, whereas visiting the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul to acquire paperwork that may permit him to marry his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. Saudi brokers dismembered Khashoggi’s physique contained in the consulate, and his stays have by no means been discovered.

Within the months that preceded that go to, Khashoggi had been writing columns for The Submit that had been sharply crucial of the crown prince, who successfully guidelines Saudi Arabia and has carried out a harsh crackdown on rivals and dissidents.

Pompeo, who’s reportedly exploring a 2024 presidential run, additionally pushed the declare in his e book that Khashoggi was “cozy with the terrorist-supporting Muslim Brotherhood,” a cost that Khashoggi’s household — and Khashoggi, when he was alive — denied repeatedly.

“Jamal Khashoggi was not a harmful particular person in any method potential,” Khashoggi’s household instructed The Submit in 2018. “To say in any other case could be ridiculous.”

On Oct. 2, 2018, Saudi brokers killed Washington Submit columnist Jamal Khashoggi contained in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. What has been finished within the aftermath? (Video: Joyce Lee, Thomas LeGro, Dalton Bennett, John Parks/The Washington Submit)

As The Submit reported after Khashoggi’s demise, that declare was the truth is pushed by the crown prince, who spoke by cellphone with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-national safety adviser John Bolton within the days after Khashoggi’s disappearance. The crown prince instructed Kushner and Bolton then that Khashoggi was a harmful Islamist and urged Kushner and Bolton to protect the U.S.-Saudi alliance.

The CIA concluded in 2018 that Mohammed had ordered Khashoggi’s killing, contradicting Saudi Arabia’s insistence that the crown prince had no advance data of the plot. Nevertheless, in his e book, Pompeo — who beforehand served as CIA director — appears to provide Mohammed the advantage of the doubt over america’ personal intelligence businesses.

“First, opposite to what has been reported, there’s almost zero intelligence that instantly hyperlinks MBS to ordering the homicide,” Pompeo wrote. “Second, I met with many individuals who had ordered killings. Had been it to be confirmed that MBS had ordered this one, it could have meant solely that he was yet one more ruthless chief in a fairly rattling ruthless a part of the world.”

In an announcement Tuesday, Fred Ryan, writer and chief government of The Submit, mentioned it was “stunning and disappointing” to see Pompeo’s e book “so outrageously misrepresent” Khashoggi’s life and work.

“His solely offense was exposing corruption and oppression amongst these in energy — work that good journalists world wide do on daily basis,” Ryan wrote. “Jamal devoted himself to the values of free speech and a free press and held himself to the best skilled requirements. For this devotion, he paid the final word value.”

“It’s shameful that Pompeo would unfold vile falsehoods to dishonor a brave man’s life and repair — and his dedication to ideas Individuals maintain expensive — as a ploy to promote books,” Ryan added.

In November, the Biden administration decided that Mohammed, as a “sitting head of presidency,” was immune from a lawsuit filed in america by Khashoggi’s fiancee and a human rights group he based.

In a letter accompanying the submission, appearing State Division authorized adviser Richard C. Visek mentioned that the choice was a authorized one and that the division “takes no view on the deserves of the current go well with and reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of the heinous homicide of Jamal Khashoggi.”

Karen DeYoung, Missy Ryan, John Hudson, Souad Mekhennet and Carol D. Leonnig contributed to this report.

Supply: The Washington Post

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