Assigning blame in the Khashoggi case
President Trump told The Times he believed that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist, was dead.
He also expressed confidence in intelligence reports pointing to high-level Saudi involvement.
The news came as Saudi Arabia was considering blaming a top intelligence official, Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, for the killing, according to three people with knowledge of the plans. Mr. Assiri is an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Blaming him could help deflect scrutiny from the crown prince.
据三名知情人士透露，在这则消息出现的同时，沙特阿拉伯正在考虑将此次暗杀归咎于高级情报官员艾哈迈德·亚希里将军(Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri)。亚希里是王储穆罕默德·本·萨勒曼(Mohammed bin Salman)的顾问。把责任归咎于他可能有助于转移对王储的关注。
Turkish officials leaked one of the most striking pieces evidence yet: a photograph of one of the crown prince’s companions entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul the day Mr. Khashoggi disappeared.
And, in the U.S., Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin withdrew from the investor conference in Riyadh next week, amid mounting criticism for his plans to attend.