Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in her native Malta after exposing a massive web of corruption through the “Panama Papers,” including a revelation that Ivanka Trump helped her father’s Panama hotel venture with the help of an alleged international fraudster with ties to Russian money launderers.
The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi
is opening a rift between Washington and Saudi Arabia as the kingdom
blasted President Trump on Sunday for promising “severe punishment” if
the royal court was responsible. If
Saudi Arabia “receives any action, it will respond with greater action,”
the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing the oil-rich
kingdom’s “influential and vital role in the global economy.”
President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi
Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of what happened to a
missing Saudi dissident journalist. After the call, Mr. Trump said it
was possible that “rogue killers” were behind the disappearance of the
journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
A high-profile investment summit in Riyadh later this month is rapidly
becoming a fiasco as prominent businesses and media groups pulled out
over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance and possible murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi agents were waiting when Jamal Khashoggi walked into their country’s consulate in Istanbul
two weeks ago. Mr. Khashoggi was dead within minutes, beheaded,
dismembered, his fingers severed, and within two hours the killers were
gone, according to details from audio recordings described by a senior
Turkish official on Wednesday.
President Trump on Tuesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s account of the
killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “the worst cover-up ever,”
and his administration warned for the first time that it would impose
human rights sanctions on those who took part in the plot.
Thanks to an ACLU victory in federal court, we know much more about how CIA doctors violated the medical oath to “do no harm.”
One of the most important lessons of the CIA’s torture program is the
way it corrupted virtually every individual and institution associated
with it. Over the years, we have learned how lawyers twisted the law and psychologists betrayed their ethical obligations in order to enable the brutal and unlawful torture of prisoners.
Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated
last month, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the
phone to “tell your boss,” believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Salman of Saudi Arabia, that the operatives had carried out their
mission, according to three people familiar with a recording of Mr.
Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence.
Senators emerged from a closed-door briefing with
the CIA director on Tuesday and accused the Saudi crown prince of
complicity in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In
some of their strongest statements to date, lawmakers said evidence
presented by the U.S. spy agency overwhelmingly pointed to Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman’s involvement in the assassination.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia told a top aide in a
conversation in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist killed in October,
if Mr. Khashoggi did not return to the kingdom and end his criticism of
the Saudi government, according to current and former American and
foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports.