MOSCOW, March 1 – RIA Novosti. Shortly after the US intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashukji was released, it was replaced without explanation by another version, which removed the names of three people who were originally believed to be involved in the incident, according to CNN.
According to the channel, three names have disappeared from the list of individuals who allegedly “participated, gave orders or were otherwise involved in or responsible for the death of Jamal Khashukji”: Abdulla Mohammed Alhoeriny, Yasir Khalid Alsalem (Ysasir Khalidalem ) and Ibrahim al-Salim.
The first, according to someone familiar with the inner workings of Saudi Arabia's intelligence, is the brother of General Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al-Howraini, the minister who heads the State Security Directorate. Abdullah Mohammed Alhorini is featured in Saudi reports as the assistant chief of state security in the fight against terrorism.
It is noted that the office of the US Director of National Intelligence declined to explain why these names were on the list initially.
“We posted the revised document on the website because the original mistakenly contained three names that should not have been included,” a spokesman for the director of national intelligence's office told CNN.
That said, on Friday before the change was noticed, a senior administration official said the report contained no new information. According to him, this information was known to the US government, and it was informed about it to the elected committees and members of Congress more than a year ago.
Earlier it was reported that the office of the US director of national intelligence believes that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman, personally approved the assassination of Khashukji. US President Joe Biden said he promised the King of Saudi Arabia “new changes” to US policy on Monday. Saudi Arabian authorities rejected the findings of the US intelligence report, stating that “the report contained inaccurate information.” According to the statement, the country's authorities have already taken the necessary measures against those who committed the crime.
Khashukji was killed in October 2018 in Istanbul at the Saudi Arabian consulate. Initially, the Saudi authorities denied his disappearance in the diplomatic mission, but some time after the appearance of video and audio recordings, they were forced to admit that Khashukji was killed “as a result of a quarrel with consular officers.” The Turkish police have never been able to find his body.
Arab media put forward versions that the order to assassinate Khashukji, which criticized the actions of the Saudi authorities, could have been given to the contender for the throne in the kingdom – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. However, the kingdom's foreign ministry said that the crown prince had nothing to do with this crime.