Murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince says the CIA

The CIA has concluded that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after the kingdom blamed the murder on 'rogue elements'.

The agency says Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination in Istanbul, the Washington Post reported on Friday, a finding that contradicts Saudi government assertions that he was not involved.
Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul in a murder that the CIA has concluded was ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured) after the kingdom said that the hit was carried out by rogue elements who acted beyond their brief
US officials expressed high confidence in the CIA assessment, the Post said, which is the most definitive to date linking Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler to the killing.

The news will complicate President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with one of the closest American allies in the region. 

It came as tens of thousands of Muslims flocked to their religion's holiest site to offer prayers in remembrance of a journalist whose body was dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Tens of thousands of Muslims flocked to the holy Kaaba (pictured, centre) to remember the murdered journalist, who the Saudis claim was killed by rogue elements who acted beyond their brief. The Turkish government has questioned the narrative and the outpouring comes as news of a second audio tape surfaced, which a columnist claimed proves the killing was pre-meditated├é 
Mourners gathered at Islam's holiest site in memory of the journalist, who was a vocal critic of the Saudi regime before he was killed at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in Turkey├é 
Mourners surrounded the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to pay tribute to Jamal Khashoggi, who was their countryman and a vocal critic of the Islamist autocracy that governs the state.

They prayed at the Grand Mosque today to commemorate the dissident, who was strangled to death according to Turkish officials.

It comes as Turkish media claims that an audio tape discredits the official Saudi narrative of the killing after the Kingdom yesterday exonerated its Crown Prince. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, had said the murder was sanctioned by 'the highest levels' of Saudi government.

Five Saudi officials face the death penalty after being accused of murdering Khashoggi, it was revealed yesterday, when the kingdom's deputy public prosecutor said 21 people are in custody and 11 face charges.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is blaming the murder on 'rogue elements' and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said bin Salman has 'absolutely nothing to do' with the death.

'Sometimes mistakes happen,' he said, adding that 'sometimes people exceed their authority'. He added that the kingdom is taking steps 'to make sure this doesn't happen again'.

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