July 29, 2021

The head of Canadian intelligence has listened to the recording of Khashoggi

The head of Canadian intelligence has listened to the recording of Khashoggi

The director of intelligence services in Canada, known by the acronym CSIS, traveled to Turkey to listen to audio recordings of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, local media reported on Monday.

David Vigneault traveled to Turkey "at the request of Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau to discuss the investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi," CSIS spokesman John Townsend told Canadian media.

Townsend added that Vigneault has listened to the recordings that Turkey has, and that according to the Turkish authorities pick up the moment of the murder of Khashoggi, and has informed its content to Trudeau and other high Canadian officials.

Trudeau himself revealed today during a press conference in Paris that the Canadian intelligence services had listened to the recordings.

Canada, which has been straining relations with Saudi Arabia for several months following Ottawa's public defense of Saudi human rights activists, has joined the pressure the international community is exerting on the Riyadh authorities to uncover what happened with Khashoggi

The Saudi journalist, critical of the current Saudi authorities, disappeared on October 2 after entering the building of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Turkish authorities have indicated that Khashoggi died on the same day at the consulate, killed and dismembered by a team sent expressly from Saudi Arabia to end the life of the journalist.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has been linked to several of the members of the team that allegedly killed Khashoggi.


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