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US report on Saudi journalist’s murder expected ‘soon,’ White House says

A US intelligence report on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul will be out “soon,” the White House says.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that President Joe Biden is also due to speak “soon” with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

Psaki would not confirm a report in Axios that the Biden call with Salman will take place today and that the unclassified intelligence report will be published tomorrow.

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2011. (AP /Virginia Mayo, File)

Khashoggi, a Saudi who wrote for The Washington Post and was a US resident, was killed and dismembered in 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The CIA has directly linked Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder. He has accepted overall responsibility, as his country’s leader, but denies a personal link.

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