Newly released Whatsapp messages between slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and another Saudi exile reveal Khashoggi’s growing mistrust of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, as well as the pair’s plans to launch an online campaign to counter the Saudi regime’s human rights abuses. In one message, Khashoggi wrote, “Arrests are unjustified and do not serve him (logic says), but tyranny has no logic, but he loves force, oppression and needs to show them off. He is like a beast 'pac man' the more victims he eats, the more he wants.” Montreal-based Saudi activist Omar Abdulaziz has filed a lawsuit against Israeli company NSO Group, which he says was hired by the Saudis to hack the pair’s 400 messages on the social networking app.
This comes as The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the CIA has evidence that the crown prince sent 11 messages to close adviser Saud al-Qahtani around the time of Khashoggi’s murder. Al-Qahtani is believed to have overseen Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Last month, the CIA concluded with “high confidence” that the crown prince was directly responsible for ordering the killing. Last week, the White House would not allow Gina Haspel, the head of the CIA, to testify before the Senate.