Newly-released private messages of journalist show candid account of his take on MBS, reveal fear of Riyadh’s influence.
Over 400 private WhatsApp messages sent by Khashoggi last year to a fellow Saudi exile may offer fresh clues to the killing of the dissident journalist, says a report.
In his conversation with Canada-based activist Omar Abdulaziz – accessed by CNN – Khashoggi describes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS) as a “beast” and a “pac-man” who would “devour all in his path, even his supporters”.
“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. I will not be surprised that the oppression will reach even those who are cheering him, then others and others and so on. God knows,” Khashoggi wrote, according to CNN.
The messages shared by Abdulaziz with CNN include voice recordings, photos and videos. The conversation reveals the two were planning an “online youth movement”, CNN reported.
Abdulaziz believes the messages between him and Khashoggi were intercepted by Saudi authorities in August, two months before Khashoggi was killed by Saudi officials inside their consulate in Istanbul.
Abdulaziz told CNN he plans to join a lawsuit against an Israeli company that reportedly invented the software to hack his phone.
He told the American broadcaster that the phone’s hacking “played a major role in what happened to Jamal”. “The guilt is killing me,” he said.
Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Khashoggi – a Saudi writer, United States resident and Washington Post columnist – had entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry.
After weeks of repeated denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance, the kingdom eventually acknowledged that its officials were behind the gruesome murder. The whereabouts of his body are still unknown.