Se­nate Democrats de­mand Khashoggi brief­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SE­NATE Democrats are de­mand­ing a clas­si­fied brief­ing to find out if US in­tel­li­gence knew any­thing be­fore­hand about plans by Saudi Ara­bia to abduct or harm a writer for The Wash­ing­ton Post who was killed in early Oc­to­ber.

Eight Sen­a­tors say in a let­ter to Direc­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Dan Coats that US agen­cies were re­quired to no­tify Ja­mal Khashoggi if they were aware of any such plans.

The sen­a­tors say in the let­ter Tues­day that the Post re­ported that US in­tel­li­gence in­ter­cepted Saudi com­mu­ni­ca­tions dis­cussing a plan to cap­ture the colum­nist.

Khashoggi was al­legedly killed by Saudi agents at their con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, Turkey, on Oc­to­ber 2.

The State De­part­ment has said that US had no ad­vance knowl­edge of any plans to abduct Khashoggi.

The DNI had no im­me­di­ate com­ment.

Photo: AP

Saudi Ara­bia’s top prose­cu­tor Saud al-Mo­jeb leaves his coun­try’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Tues­day.

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