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ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor announced Monday that five people have been sentenced to death in connection with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year. But the two most senior officials implicated in the case, including an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were cleared of wrongdoing, the prosecutor said.



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On 5/28/2020 at 8:04 PM, visionary said:



US court issues summons for Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has been issued a summons by a US court for a lawsuit by a former top Saudi intelligence agent who was reportedly targeted in a foiled assassination attempt.


The US District Court for the District of Columbia issued the summons on Friday, a day after  Saad al-Jabri filed the lawsuit accusing Prince Mohammed of sending a hit squad to Canada to try and kill him.


A summons is an official notice of a lawsuit, given to the person or persons being sued. 


Al-Jabri, who lives in Canada, reportedly under increased protection by police and private security guards, claimed that his close ties with the US intelligence community and deep knowledge of the prince's activities had rendered him one of the aspiring monarch's key targets.


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Getting tired of the media attacking Biden and co. for doing better than Trump did.  The comments the last few days from the the media, left, and probably others are exhausting.


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48 minutes ago, clietas said:

Doesn't matter who is President they all kowtow to the Saudis. Been that way my whole life. 😒

Except despite what folks are saying, we’ve actually done a lot to hurt them (especially MBS) under Biden already as opposed to aiding, sucking up to them, and covering up their murder under Trump.  

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Judging by the reaction since yesterday, it seems a mistake not to have sanctioned MBS, though I’m not really sure how effective it would have been or what it really would accomplished other than being for show considering how important he is to SA right now.  



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The Cybersecurity 202: A report on Jamal Khashoggi's death renews concerns over spyware


U.S. intelligence officials released a report Friday concluding that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “approved” the operation that resulted in the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Karen DeYoung reports.


The report has sparked calls by lawmakers and activists for the Biden administration to develop policies to deal with the threat of spyware and other surveillance tools used to spy on dissidents. 


“The administration should do more to protect Americans from the surveillance that preceded and enabled the murder of Mr. Khashoggi,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Vice Chair Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) said in a statement. “I urge the administration to develop a comprehensive strategy for confronting the emerging transnational threat to democracy and human rights presented by companies that market such powerful tools of repression.”


Malinowski is referring to conclusions from human rights investigators alleging the Saudi monarchy used malicious software from the Israeli cybersecurity company NSO Group to spy on Saudi dissident Omar Abdulaziz's communications with Khashoggi. The allegations were echoed in a lawsuit by Abdulaziz against the company. The report released Friday does not directly mention surveillance technology used to spy on Khashoggi or his associates. 


NSO Group markets the technology as a way for governments to investigate crime and terrorist activity. But human rights groups have condemned the use of its technology by authoritarian regimes in countries such as Iran and the United Arab Emirates to spy on activists, dissidents and journalists. 


The White House is cracking down on some surveillance.


In response to the report, the United States is imposing sanctions against 76 Saudi individuals thought “to have been engaged in threatening dissidents overseas, including but not limited to the Khashoggi killing,” Karen DeYoung reports.


Saudi Arabia has rejected the report and said it contains “inaccurate information and conclusions.”


The State Department also announced “the Khashoggi ban,” which permits the State Department to impose visa restrictions on agents acting on behalf of foreign governments to “suppress, harass, surveil, threaten, or harm journalists, activists, or other persons perceived to be dissidents for their work.”


The ban takes aim at the growing threat of extensive spying on dissidents, even if it doesn't explicitly mention the emerging technology empowering it.


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