Saudi crown prince a ‘psychopath’, says exiled intelligence officer

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A erstwhile elder Saudi quality serviceman has claimed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is simply a “psychopath with nary empathy” who erstwhile boasted that helium could termination the kingdom’s ruler astatine the time, King Abdullah, and regenerate him with his ain father.

In an interrogation connected US television, Saad Aljabri, who fled Saudi Arabia successful May 2017 and is surviving successful exile successful Canada, besides said helium had been warned by an subordinate successful 2018, aft the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi successful the Saudi consulate successful Istanbul, that a Saudi deed squad was heading to Canada to assassinate him.

Aljabri told 60 Minutes connected CBS helium was warned “don’t beryllium successful a proximity of immoderate Saudi ngo successful Canada. Don’t spell to the consulate. Don’t spell to the embassy.” When helium asked wherefore helium said helium was told “they dismembered the guy, they termination him. You are connected the apical of the list.”

Some details of the alleged assassination plot, which were elaborate successful litigation successful the US and Canada, person already been reported. But the 60 Minutes interrogation represents the archetypal clip Aljabri has publically spoken astir his interruption with Prince Mohammed.

He besides spoke of the plight of his 2 youngest children, Sarah and Omar, who were arrested and are successful situation successful Saudi Arabia successful what is wide seen arsenic an effort to unit their begetter backmost to Saudi Arabia.

“I person to talk out. I americium appealing to the American radical and to the American medication to assistance maine to merchandise those children and to reconstruct their life,” helium said.

The Saudi authorities did not code Aljabri’s allegations but said successful a connection that “Saad Aljabri is simply a discredited erstwhile authorities authoritative with a agelong past of fabricating and creating distractions to fell the fiscal crimes helium committed”.

Aljabri was a adjacent advisor to Mohammed bin Nayef, a erstwhile crown prince and interior curate who is being held successful Saudi Arabia and has been seen arsenic a imaginable governmental rival to Prince Mohammed. “I expect to beryllium killed 1 time due to the fact that this feline volition not remainder disconnected until helium spot maine dead,” Aljabri said.

Aljabri has beardown enactment successful the US, wherever erstwhile quality officials person credited their Saudi counterpart for helping to prevention American and Saudi lives pursuing the 9/11 violent attacks connected the US.

On 60 Minutes, erstwhile acting CIA manager Mike Morell said Aljabri was “honourable”. Intelligence relayed to the US by Aljabri – Morell said – had led to the interception of bombs that had been planted by al-Qaeda successful 2010 successful 2 desktop printers that were being flown arsenic cargo connected 2 planes.

Morell said determination were besides different examples of Aljabri redeeming the lives of Americans, but that they were inactive classified.

Saad Aljabri
Saad Aljabri Photograph: Aljabri family/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has antecedently denied that determination was an effort connected Aljabri’s beingness successful Canada. The kingdom has besides denied that the execution of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist, was ordered by Prince Mohammed. But a declassified US quality appraisal – released earlier this twelvemonth – concluded that the execution was approved by the crown prince.

According to Aljabri’s relationship of alleged plans to assassinate him successful Canada, a six-person squad landed astatine Ottawa airdrome successful mid-October 2018, lied to Canadian borderline officials astir knowing 1 another, and carried suspicious instrumentality for DNA analysis. The squad was deported by Canada aft being intercepted by the authorities astatine the airport. The Canadian authorities has said: “We are alert of incidents successful which overseas actors person attempted to endanger those surviving successful Canada. It is wholly unacceptable.”

The superior allegations astir Prince Mohammed comes arsenic Saudi Arabia is seeking to amended its representation astir the world, including done the caller takeover of Newcastle United by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi-controlled sovereign wealthiness money wherever Prince Mohammed serves arsenic chairman.

In the interview, Aljabri portrayed Prince Mohammed arsenic reckless and untrustworthy.

He is, Aljabri said, “a psychopath with nary empathy, [who] doesn’t consciousness emotion, ne'er learned from his experience.”

The erstwhile quality main besides claimed that Prince Mohammed “feared” the accusation Aljabri knew astir him, including a 2014 recorded treatment betwixt Prince Mohammed and the then-crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, successful which the contiguous crown prince allegedly said helium could termination the sitting king, Abdullah, to wide the throne for his ain father, Salman.

“He told him, ‘I privation to assassinate King Abdullah. I get a poison ringing from Russia. It’s capable for maine conscionable to shingle manus with him and helium volition beryllium done.’ … We took it seriously,” Aljabri said.

He added that helium knew of 2 copies of the recording, and that helium knew wherever they were located.

Saudi Arabia has, successful turn, accused Aljabri of embezzlement and claimed helium stole hundreds of millions of dollars from the kingdom’s ain coffers. The allegations were denied by Aljabri and downplayed by Morell, the erstwhile acting manager of the CIA.

“I don’t cognize if Dr Saad was corrupt successful immoderate way. I wouldn’t beryllium amazed if helium wasn’t due to the fact that he’s specified an honorable man. But I besides wouldn’t beryllium amazed if helium was. Because everybody to immoderate grade had their manus successful the kitty. And King Abdullah allowed it, permitted it,” Morell said.