Khashoggi should not himself be whitewashed. He had a long term professional association with the Saudi security services which put him on the side of prolific torturers and killers for decades. That does not in any sense justify his killing. But it is right to be deeply skeptical of the democratic credentials of Saudis who were in with the regime and have become vocal for freedom and democracy only after being marginalized by Mohammed Bin Salman’s ruthless consolidation of power (which built on a pre-existing trend).
The same skepticism is true many times over when related to CIA Director Gina Haspel, who personally supervised torture in the CIA torture and extraordinary rendition program. Haspel was sent urgently to Ankara by Donald Trump to attempt to deflect Erdogan from any direct accusation of Mohammed Bin Salman in his speech yesterday. MBS’ embrace of de facto alliance with Israel, in pursuit of his fanatic hatred of Shia Muslims, is the cornerstone of Trump’s Middle East policy.
Khashoggi, Erdogan and the Truth Craig Murray