Did A Jared Kushner Leak Get Journalist Killed Who Criticized Saudi Crown Prince?
In March, Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law tasked with finding peace in the Middle East, shared a list of Saudi dissidents with the country’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salam. Last Tuesday, exiled Saudi dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, disappeared after being seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudis claim Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after entering. Turkish officials told The New York Times they believe a 15-member team of Saudis affiliated with Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salam, dismembered Khashoggi with a bone saw inside of either the consulate, or the Consul’s private residence next door. The U.S. has had tense relations with Turkey since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan blamed a 2016 coup on American players. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has improved its relationship with Saudi Arabia. To discuss, we’re joined by Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan and publisher of the Informed Comment blog. His latest book, which was released yesterday, is Muhammad: Prophet of Peace Amid the Clash of Empires.