America’s CIA Won’t Let Donald Trump Shield MBS Over Khashoggi – Bloomberg

via America’s CIA Won’t Let Donald Trump Shield MBS Over Khashoggi – Bloomberg

This tells us a few things. First, the CIA must be sure it has powerful evidence of the prince’s alleged responsibility — tapes and phone intercepts included. Second, the agency must believe that MBS isn’t essential to American security interests in the region. Had the spies agreed with the president’s assessment, it is unlikely they would have leaked their conclusion of MBS’s guilt. This is significant because the CIA works closely with its Saudi counterparts, and would not have made such a determination lightly. And third, the CIA is determined not to be involved in a shabby cover-up.

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