A former Saudi intelligence official who says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is out to kill him has alleged in a US television interview that he was aware of a video in which the prince claimed he was in 2014 at the then King Abdullah can be killed.
Saad Aljabari claimed in comments to CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the crown prince, who succeeded the throne and de facto ruler four years earlier, bragged at the time that he had “a poison ring from Russia”. Abdullah could have been killed by shaking hands.
CBS said the Saudi government told the broadcaster in a statement that Aljabari “is a disgraced former government official with a long history of fabricating and distracting to hide the financial crimes he allegedly committed”. The Saudi government’s Center for International Communications did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment after regular business hours.
MBS’s father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, assumed the throne after King Abdullah’s death in 2015 and remains the official ruler.
Aljabari was the right-hand man of Saudi Arabia’s former Crown Prince and Interior Minister, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, an older cousin and former rival of the current Crown Prince, also known as MBS. After Prince Mohammed came to power, the Aljabaris settled in Canada, where they live in exile.
He filed a federal lawsuit in 2020 in Washington, weeks after the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, alleging that MBS in the US had deployed to track him down and then sent a team to assassinate him. .
Aljabari suggests that MBS wants her to die because the Crown Prince is “afraid of my knowledge.”
“I hope to be killed one day because this man won’t rest until he sees me dead,” Aljabari told CBS.
Under the former Crown Prince and Minister of the Interior, Aljabari served as a vital link between Saudi and Western intelligence services, especially after the terrorist attacks on the US in September 2001.
Michael Morrell, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told CBS that Aljabri saved “many” Saudi and American lives in his former intelligence role.
According to CBS, this includes his warning to the US, which allowed authorities to foil an al-Qaeda terror plot involving package bombs for two US-bound planes in 2010.
(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)