US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist’s killing

FILE -- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia speaks at an investor conference in Riyadh, Oct. 24, 2018. The Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to American officials. Intelligence officials briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week and offered the agency’s analysis of the assassination and Prince Mohammed’s culpability. (Tasneem Alsultan/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia’s crown prince likely approved the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to a newly declassified U.S. intelligence report released Friday. The finding could escalate pressure on the Biden administration to hold the kingdom accountable for a murder that drew widespread outrage in the U.S. and abroad.