Former Saudi official claims crown prince said he could get ‘poison ring from Russia’ to kill king
A former senior Saudi intelligence official who has worked with the United States on counterterrorism claimed “60 minutes” in an interview broadcast on Sunday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed in 2014 about the murder of the monarch of the United States. era of the kingdom.
Why is this important: The claim by exile Saad al-Jabri, whom Saudi authorities describe as “a discredited former government official”, that the crown prince, known as “MBS”, allegedly said he could get a “Russia’s ring” to carry out the attack, is one of the many serious but unproven allegations he made on CBS.
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Details: Al-Jabri accused MBS on “60 Minutes” of bragging in a 2014 meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, then intelligence chief as interior minister, that he could kill the king Abdallah at the time, to allow his father to ascend the throne in Saudi Arabia.
“He said to him, ‘I want to assassinate King Abdullah. I received a poison ring from Russia. I just need to shake his hand and he’ll be done, “” Al-Jabri told CBS’s Scott Pelley, adding that the Saudi Secret Service was taking the threat seriously.
Abdullah died in 2015 after being admitted to hospital with a lung infection and his half-brother, MBS’s father, King Salman ascended to the throne, according to the BBC.
To note : Al-Jabri did not provide any evidence but said he watched a video recording of the meeting and that copies still exist.
He told CBS he recorded a “death video” that “reveals more secrets from the royal family” and some from the United States, according to Pelley.
Al-Jabri provided a short, silent clip of the video, which he said “could be shown” if he was killed. He includes a message to his imprisoned children, according to Pelley. He appealed to the Biden administration during the interview for help in freeing his children.
For memory : Al-Jabri filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against MBS, alleging that the Crown Prince attempted to kill him in the United States and Canada.
Saudi authorities are suing Al-Jabri in the United States and Canada, claiming former state intelligence officials stole $ 500 million from the counterterrorism budget, an allegation he denies.
A judge in Canada froze pending the outcome of the case, citing “overwhelming evidence of fraud,” according to CBS.
What they say : Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell told “60 Minutes” that he felt an obligation to Al-Jabri, with whom he worked closely from 2010 to 2013, and the CIA should also because the Saudi dissident “saved American lives”.
These include Al-Jabri intelligence that foiled an al-Qaeda plot in 2010 to hide bombs inside two office printers that were heading to the United States by cargo ship on board. of two planes “possibly intended to explode over American cities”.
Morell noted that it has been “difficult” for U.S. presidents to stand up to MBS, noting that neither the Trump nor Biden administrations publicly sanctioned him after Khashoggi.
The Biden administration did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.
Go further: US companies continue relations with Saudi Arabia after sanctions left MBS unscathed
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with more details from the interview, including Morell’s comments and additional context.
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