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Pompeo: No direct evidence linking Saudi Crown Prince to Khashoggi murder

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he has seen all the intelligence possessed by the United States on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and repeated that no direct evidence links Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the incident.

“I have read every piece of intelligence that is in the possession of United States government,” Pompeo said in an interview with broadcaster CNN in Buenos Aires on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

“When it is done, when you complete that analysis, there’s no direct evidence linking him to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. That is an accurate statement, an important statement and it is a statement that we are making publicly today,” he said.

Asked if the Central Intelligence Agency had concluded with “high confidence” whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved, Pompeo said: “I can’t comment on intelligence matters, CIA conclusions.”

US President Donald Trump sought to cast doubt on the CIA assessment that the prince was involved, telling reporters the agency had not formed a definitive conclusion.

Pompeo said the United States was working with Saudi Arabia in Afghanistan and against Iran and that Riyadh was “an enormous support” for Washington. “They’re a relationship that has mattered for 70 years across Republican and Democrat administrations like ... We’re aiming to keep that relationship,” he said.