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A U.S. intelligence report concludes that the Saudi crown prince approved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

The crown prince and ruler of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, approved the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a report by the United States’ secret services to the press, advances EFE.

The North American media indicated that the report must be disclosed government and is based mainly on information collected by the Central Information Agency (CIA).

“Public disclosure (of the report) will mark a new chapter in the United States’ relations with Saudi Arabia and a clear difference between President Joe Biden’s policy and that of former President Donald Trump,” said the broadcaster. NBC, indicating having had access to the text in 2018.

On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the “declassified report” would be released soon by national information director Avril Haines and that the US President should speak on the phone soon with King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed’s father, known as MBS and privileged interlocutor of Trump’s diplomacy.

Jen Psaki confirmed Joe Biden’s intention to “Recalibrate” the relationship with Riyadh in relation to the previous American administration, sometimes accused of having closed its eyes to the question of human rights in relation to its close ally.

“This means that will not be silent, he will say it loud and clear when he is concerned about human rights violations, the lack of freedom of the press and expression, ”he said.

The release of the Khashoggi report could be the first test of “recalibration”, according to the agency France-Presse.

Jamal Kashoggi, 59 years old, resident in the United States and chronicler of the newspaper The Washington Post, was murdered at his country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018, by Saudi agents.

The US Senate, which had access to the conclusions of the intelligence services, considered at the time that the Crown prince was “responsible” for the murder.

Riyadh initially denied no responsibility, but later said the journalist was accidentally killed by agents trying to extradite him. The official version of Saudi Arabia is that these agents, linked to Mohammed bin Salman, acted on their own and that the prince was not involved.

Eight people were sentenced in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s death, five of which were capital punishment. These sentences were later commuted to 20 years in prison.

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