Saudi Arabia Recruits Twitter Employees Charged For Spying

Saudi Arabia Recruits Twitter Employees Charged For Spying

By Staff, Agencies

The Saudi government, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to gather confidential personal information on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

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The complaint unsealed in US District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of Twitter accounts, including email addresses linked to the accounts and internet protocol addresses that can give up a user’s location.

The accounts included those of a popular critic of the government with more than one million followers and a news personality. Neither was named.

Two Saudi citizens and one US citizen worked together to unmask the ownership details behind dissident Twitter accounts on behalf of the government in Riyadh and the royal family, the US justice department said.

According to a court filing, they were guided by an unnamed Saudi official who worked for someone prosecutors designated “Royal Family Member-1,” which The Washington Post reported was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or MBS as he is commonly known.

Those charged were Twitter employees Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo, along with Ahmed Almutairi, a marketing official with ties to the royal family.

“The criminal complaint unsealed today alleges that Saudi agents mined Twitter’s internal systems for personal information about known Saudi critics and thousands of other Twitter users,” said US lawyer David Anderson.

“US law protects US companies from such an unlawful foreign intrusion. We will not allow US companies or US technology to become tools of foreign repression in violation of US law,” he said in a statement.

The lawsuit comes as US-Saudi relations continue to suffer strains over the brutal, Riyadh-sanctioned murder one year ago of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for, among others, The Washington Post newspaper

A critic of MBS, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

According to the Post, US intelligence has concluded that the prince himself was closely linked to the murder.

The criminal allegations reveal the extent the Saudi government went to control the flow of information on Twitter, said Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher with Human Rights Watch.

Two Former Twitter Employees Accused of Spying for Saudi Arabia

White House Restricted Access to Trump’s Calls with Putin, MBS

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September 28, 2019

White House efforts to limit access to President Donald Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders extended to phone calls with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the CNN reported Friday, according to people familiar with the matter.

Those calls — both with leaders who maintain controversial relationships with Trump — were among the presidential conversations that aides took remarkable steps to keep from becoming public.

In the case of Trump’s call with the Saudi prince, officials who ordinarily would have been given access to a rough transcript of the conversation never saw one, according to one of the sources. Instead, a transcript was never circulated at all, which the source said was highly unusual, particularly after a high-profile conversation.

The call – which the person said contained no especially sensitive national security secrets — came as the White House was confronting the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which US intelligence assessments said came at the hand of the Saudi government.

With Putin, access to the transcript of at least one of Trump’s conversations was also tightly restricted, according to a former Trump administration official.

It’s not clear if aides took the additional step of placing the Saudi Arabia and Russia phone calls in the same highly secured electronic system that held a now-infamous phone call with Ukraine’s president and which helped spark a whistleblower complaint made public this week, though officials confirmed calls aside from the Ukraine conversation were placed there.

But the attempts to conceal information about Trump’s discussions with Prince Mohammed (known in Saudi Arabia as MBS) and Putin further illustrate the extraordinary efforts taken by Trump’s aides to strictly limit the number of people with access to his conversations with foreign leaders.

The White House did not comment about the limiting of access to calls with the Russian and Saudi leaders.

Officials said the practice began more than a year ago after embarrassing leaks revealed information about Trump’s phone conversations with the leaders of Australia and Mexico. While it includes the highly secure system for particularly sensitive matters, it has also extended to limiting the number of individuals who are provided a transcript or are able to listen to the call.

Those efforts have come under scrutiny after the intelligence whistleblower alleged that White House officials took unusual steps to conceal Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s new president.

Source: CNN

Mohammed Bin Salman Is Making Muslims Boycott Mecca

By Ahmed Twaij, Foreign Policy

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has attempted to cast Saudi Arabia in a more positive light and mask the country’s more aggressive internal and foreign policies by undertaking so-called liberal reforms. But it has not been enough to silence those who continue to draw attention to his government’s human rights abuses.

The rising death toll of civilians killed by Saudi bombs in Yemen, the horrific slaughter of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and Riyadh’s aggressive approach to Iran have led some of Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies to reconsider their unwavering support for the kingdom.

In late April, Libya’s most prominent Muslim Sunni cleric, Grand Mufti Sadiq al-Ghariani, called for all Muslims to boycott the hajj – the obligatory pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca.

He went so far as to claim that anyone who embarked on a second pilgrimage was conducting “an act of sin rather than a good deed.” The reasoning behind the boycott is the suggestion that boosting Saudi Arabia’s economy through pilgrimage continues to fuel arms purchases and direct attacks on Yemen – and indirectly Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, and Algeria. Ghariani added that investment in the hajj would “help Saudi rulers to carry out crimes against our fellow Muslims.”

Ghariani is not the first prominent Muslim scholar to support a ban on the hajj. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, also a Sunni cleric and vocal critic of Saudi Arabia, announced a fatwa in August last year banning the pilgrimage, instead stating, “Seeing Muslims feeding the hungry, treating the sick, and sheltering the homeless are better viewed by Allah than spending money on the hajj.”

Saudi Arabia’s influence is not merely linked to its political and military capacity but also to its historical ties to Islam. As the home of both Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest sites and the location of the Kaaba and burial place of Prophet Muhammad respectively, Saudi Arabia’s influence extends far beyond its Arab neighbors but to the Muslim world in general. More than 2.3 million Muslims from all sects flock to Mecca during the annual hajj pilgrimage and many more throughout the year, making visiting Saudi Arabia an aspiration for many Muslims around the world.

This relationship with Islam has instinctively led many from the Sunni Arab world to look to the kingdom for daily guidance on religious issues. In response to Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and fear of it cascading throughout the region, Saudi Arabia has spent millions of dollars exporting its brand of Islam through the funding of mosques around the world, many of which have been linked to … extremism in the West, as it claims to be leader of the Muslim world.

For years, Saudi Arabia has been working toward becoming a regional hegemon in the Middle East, whose claim to power, in recent years, is threatened only by Iran. As one of the world’s largest oil exporters with close ties to the United States, Saudi Arabia found itself basking in the steadfast support of many of its neighboring states for decades.

Despite mounting evidence of the royal family’s role in the “premeditated execution” of Khashoggi, the Trump administration hastily discredited any indication of Saudi involvement in the killing, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently neglecting to mention the topic when meeting with Saudi King Salman. The White House and US State Department might be willing to turn a blind eye, but fellow Muslims have not been as forgiving.

Throughout the Middle East and in other Muslim-majority nations, there has been growing concern over the slaying of Khashoggi, as well as the rising death toll in Yemen, which is expected to reach 230,000 by 2020 through the often indiscriminate airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition –which has bombed hospitals, funerals, children’s school buses, and weddings – in what has been described as the “worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time” by UN officials. Saudi Arabia’s truculent approach to the Yemen war has isolated itself within its own coalition; even the Emirati government has shown some discomfort toward the Saudi approach.

Saudi Arabia’s atrocities have provoked persistent global condemnation, with calls for banning weapons trade with the country. Both the US House of Representatives and Senate have recently pushed back on President Donald Trump’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia, and Germany has banned such trade with the country since last October. Adding to the list, Switzerland and Italy have also moved toward banning arms trade with Saudi Arabia, and a British court recently ruled that arms deals with Saudi Arabia may have been unlawful. Ghariani has gone one step further in calling for a boycott of the country from its largest annual contingent of tourists during the hajj.

Unlike past attempts to boycott Saudi Arabia, the current effort has crossed the sectarian divide.

In 2011, Riyadh violently repressed Bahrain’s popular uprising at the request of the Bahraini government. The protests were led by Shiite Muslims, who are a majority in the Sunni-ruled country, and Iraqi activists reacted by calling for a boycott of all Saudi products. Protests across Iraq were organized and attended by Shiite clerics, academics, and politicians alike. At the time, then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that if the Saudi-led violence were to continue, “the region may be drawn into a sectarian war.”

Today, calls for boycotting the kingdom have spiraled and they aren’t just coming from Shiites. The hashtag #boycotthajj has been trending on Twitter, amassing nearly 16,000 tweets. Sunni clerics around the world have also called for a boycott. The Tunisian Union of Imams said in June that

“the money [from the hajj] that goes to Saudi authorities is not used to help poor Muslims around the world. Instead it is used to kill and displace people as is the case currently in Yemen.”

Given that the hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, prescribed as obligatory for all Muslims, the call for a boycott indicates the genuine, acerbic concern toward Saudi behavior. Should this trend continue, Saudi Arabia’s claim to being the spiritual home of Islam would be at risk – and it could take an economic hit, too.

Pilgrimage is vital to the Saudi economy and worth $12 billion annually, amounting to 20 percent of non-oil GDP, and is expected to rise to $150 billion by 2022, given the investment in luxury hotels by the Saudi government. Such investment has caused profits to skyrocket, pricing many poorer Muslims out of trips to the kingdom.

The calls for boycotting the hajj are not the first time the religious pilgrimage has been politicized. Saudi Arabia itself has in recent years banned both Qatari and Iranian nationals from partaking due to growing political differences between the states. Saudi officials have also abused the sanctity of the city of Mecca to promote their political ideology.

During one prayer sermon in October last year, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman al-Sudais, the imam of the Great Mosque in Mecca, stated:

“The path of reform and modernization in this blessed land … through the care and attention from its young, ambitious, divinely inspired reformer crown prince, continues to blaze forward guided by his vision of innovation and insightful modernism, despite all the failed pressures and threats,”

implying that no Muslim should be questioning the Saudi political elite.

In an effort to flex its political might, and inevitably draw attention away from the Khashoggi killing and the country’s continued leading role in the war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia organized an emergency summit in late May in Mecca to put the focus back on Iran. During the summit, which brought together in separate meetings Arab leaders, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Islamic world, Saudis called for support from Arab countries to deal with the Iran crisis by “using all means to stop the Iranian regime from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, harboring global and regional terrorist entities, and threatening international waterways.”

In defiance, and highlighting Saudi Arabia’s waning status as the regional power, Iraq fully opposed the closing statement, which was to denounce Iran, and instead pledged a message of support toward Iran and called on other countries to help stabilize the country. At the summit in Mecca, Iraqi President Barham Salih stated: “Honestly, the security and stability of a neighboring Islamic country is in the interest of Muslim and Arab states,” referring to Iran. Similarly, during the summit, Saudi Arabia failed in getting the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – an international organization with headquarters in Jeddah – to isolate and condemn Iran.

As the death toll in Yemen rises, countries around the world are now calling for an economic, religious, and political boycott of Saudi Arabia – not just the banning of arms trade. Riyadh is running out of friends in the West, and, now, its relationships with regional allies are starting to show cracks. Should the Trump administration fail to secure a second term, Saudi Arabia may be left with few international friends and its claim to leadership of the Muslim and Arab world will be severely damaged.

What a surprise!! US will stand by Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi murder, Trump says

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US president says ‘it could very well be’ that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had knowledge of journalist’s murder

‘Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!’ said Trump, about whether MBS knew about the killing (AFP)

Donald Trump has said the United States intends to stand by Saudi Arabia – including the country’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – despite the “unacceptable and horrible crime” committed against Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The US president said both bin Salman, also known as MBS, and his father, King Salman, “deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder” of Khashoggi.

However, all the facts in the case may never come out, Trump said in a statement put out by the White House Tuesday afternoon that is laced with exclamation points and a wide range of incendiary comments.

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“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump said in the written statement.

“That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Saudi leaders have been under ongoing international pressure to investigate Khashoggi’s killing and hold top Saudi officials responsible for the murder.

A critic of Saudi government policies and prominent columnist at the Washington Post, Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October after he went inside the building to retrieve paperwork.

Khashoggi’s Washington Post editor, Karen Attiah, strongly condemned Trump’s statement on Tuesday.

“Trump’s statement on Saudi Arabia + #Khashoggi is full of lies and a blatant disregard for his own intelligence agencies,” she wrote on Twitter.

“It also shows an unforgivable disregard for the lives of Saudis who dare criticize the regime. This is a new low.”

CIA says it believes MBS ordered the murder

On Friday, the CIA said it had concluded that MBS ordered Khashoggi’s murder, several US news outlets reported.

However, Trump has sought to shield his Saudi allies from accountability, casting doubt over the US intelligence agency’s findings despite pressure from US members of Congress to re-evaluate the US-Saudi relationship.

It was widely expected that the Trump administration would reveal on Tuesday what the US has discovered in relation to the crime.

It could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!

– US President Donald Trump

The US president revealed that Saudi officials said Khashoggi was “‘an enemy of the state’ and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood,” but he said the decision to stand by Riyadh was not motivated by those comments.

Khashoggi’s family has previously dismissed allegations he was affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood as baseless and false.

“The crime against Jamal Khashoggi was a terrible one, and one that our country does not condone,” Trump said in his statement, which highlighted a recent US Treasury decision to sanction 17 Saudi citizens for their alleged involvement in the journalist’s murder and the disposal of his body.

Several top aides to the crown prince were among those targeted by the US sanctions, including MBS’s senior adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, and another aide, Maher Mutreb, who was a member of the 15-person Saudi team that was sent to Turkey to kill Khashoggi.

As MEE previously reported, Khashoggi is believed to have been murdered within minutes of entering the Saudi consulate in early October. Turkish officials, most of whom have spoken on condition of anonymity, have also said they believe his body was dismembered inside the building and dissolved in acid.

‘America First’ strategy

On Tuesday, Trump said the US decision to stand by Saudi Arabia despite the murder is in line with his “America First” foreign affairs strategy.

In his statement, which began with the phrase “The world is a very dangerous place!” – Trump said Saudi Arabia has committed to investing $450bn in the country, including $110bn worth of military equipment sales, to be purchased from US companies.

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“If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!” he said.

Riyadh has also been an important US ally in the “fight against Iran,” Trump said, and has spent billions of dollars in the fight against “Radical Islamic Terrorism”.

“The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region,” he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended Trump’s comments on Tuesday, telling reporters that the country has an obligation to adopt policies that further US national security interests.

Trump also appeared to dismiss efforts by US politicians to re-evaluate Washington’s close ties to Riyadh.

Since the murder, several other members of Congress have also pushed the Trump administration to sanction the Saudi government over what happened, as well as the Gulf kingdom’s role in the devastating war in Yemen.

On Saturday, Bob Corker, the chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said “everything points” to MBS as having ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

Still, referring to what he called “the different direction” some US lawmakers have urged him to take vis-a-vis Saudi Arabia, Trump said he would “consider whatever ideas are presented …  but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and safety of America”.

“As President of the United States I intend to ensure that, in a very dangerous world, America is pursuing its national interests and vigorously contesting countries that wish to do us harm. Very simply it is called America First!”

International Zionism and Satanism Are Indistinguishable

An “active allegiance to Satan” is the political ideology of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and indeed Israel, specifically when it comes to dealing with important issues in the Middle East. The Jamal Khashoggi debacle again makes this very clear. The recent war in Yemen is another example.

By Jonas E. Alexis
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There are essentially three Zionist powerhouses in the world: Israel, the United States, and Saudi Arabia. Those powerhouses want to rule much of the world with an iron fist. They have been meddling in covert activities and diabolical espionage for more than sixty years, and the Jamal Khashoggi murder is a recent manifestation of clandestine enterprises through the decades.

One can historically argue that covert activities are engrained in the Zionist powerhouses. By 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini understood that idea very clearly precisely because it was already creating chaos in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. Khomeini then had to attack that idea. He fleshed out a principle which continues to be true to this very day. Khomeini posited then:

“There is no crime America will not commit in order to maintain its political, economic, cultural, and military domination of those parts of the world where it predominates. It exploits the oppressed people of the world by means of the large-scale propaganda campaigns that are coordinated for it by international Zionism.

“By means of its hidden and treacherous agents, it sucks the blood of the defenseless people as if it alone, together with its satellites, had the right to live in this world. Iran has tried to sever all its relations with this Great Satan and it is for this reason that it now finds wars imposed upon it.”[1]

“International Zionism” is an apt description of what was going on then. The United States and England had already overthrown a democratically elected president in Iran by the name of Mossadegh in 1953,[2] and both countries were expanding aggressively in the Middle East to keep a diabolical empire alive and well.

By 1954, the CIA again overthrew a democratically elected official by the name of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala.[3] The documents for this unfortunate coup are readily available at the National Security Archive.[4]

If one peels the ideological onion, then the logic becomes pretty clear: the United States has been in the business of overthrowing countries in the Middle East and elsewhere for a century.[5] So it is no surprise to see that Trump is treading on the same diabolical path.

Going back to the Ayatollah Khomeini, he made an attempt to solve the “international Zionism” problem by appealing to Muslim unity. But that again was another problem because countries like Saudi Arabia were already prostrating before “international Zionism.” As E. Michael Jones puts it,

“At the very moment he invoked Islamic unity, Khomeini was forced to concede that Islam was breaking up into two warring factions. The grand climactic battle of the anti-Communist crusade disguised this split for decades, but now, as intra-Islamic wars raged in Yemen and Iraq, Khomeini showed himself more of a prophet than a politician who could bring about Islamic unity. Either way, the Great Satan was exacerbating division as a means of achieving geo-political goals.”[6]

Khomeini obviously lit up a prophetic fire which again is still relevant today. “International Zionism” is still sucking the blood of virtually every nation on earth through covert activities, espionage, and deceptive means. And by metaphysically rejecting the moral and political order and embracing chaos and destruction, international Zionism has essentially become Satanism.

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Yemeni civilians living on bread crumbs

This principle was articulated by St. Athanasius, who posited that any metaphysical idea which ontologically denies Logos and its central place in the universe will end up being Satanic. In a Satanic universe, what is true is actually a lie and what is a lie is by definition true. In fact, opposition to Logos “was deemed to involve an active allegiance to Satan.”[7]An “active allegiance to Satan” means that innocent people have to die in order to preserve a wicked ideology. If you doubt this, then take a look at what happened in Iraq in 2003, where the warmongers sent a six-trillion dollar bill to the American people.

In short, an “active allegiance to Satan” is the political ideology of the United States, Saudi Arabia, and indeed Israel, specifically when it comes to dealing with important issues in the Middle East. The Jamal Khashoggi debacle again makes this very clear. The recent war in Yemen is another example.

The sad thing is that there are people out there who preposterously think that the murder of Khashoggi was a set up by a “a rogue group connected to Turkey, NATO and others” in order to embarrass both Saudi Arabia and the United States! The person who has made this crazy claim is none other than Alex Jones.[8]

Creatures like Jones will never tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth because they prey on naïve people. Like Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau who keep selling military weapons to the Saudis (despite the fact that the Saudis have openly assassinated journalists),[9] a green goblin like Jones is just on the air to empty the pockets of thousands upon thousands of listeners. That’s why he lies. He invents lies. And he will continue to lie because he loves money more than truth.

So in the Zionist world, everyone wants to get a piece of the pie. The only people who cannot get even a decent meal are the poor souls in Yemen, people who are now living on bread crumbs.[10]

  • [1] Quoted in E. Michael Jones, “The Great Satan and Me: Reflections on Iran and Postmodernism’s Faustian Pact,” Culture Wars, July/August 2015.
  • [2] See Stephen Kinzer, All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror (Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2003 & 2008); Christopher de Bellaigue, Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup (New York: HarperCollins, 2013); Ervand Abrahamian, The Coup: 1953, the CIA, and the Roots of Modern U.S.-Iranian Relations (New York: The New Press, 2015).
  • [3] Stephen C.. Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer, Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala (New York: Anchor Books, 1990); Piero Gleijeses, Shattered Hope: The Guatemalan Revolution and the United States, 1944-1954(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992); Richard H. Immerman, The CIA in Guatemala: The Foreign Policy of Intervention (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007); Nick Cullather, Secret History: The CIA’s Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala 1952-1954 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006); Kate Doyle and Peter Kornbluh, eds., “CIA and Assassinations: The Guatemala 1954 Documents,” The National Security Archivehttps://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEBB4/index.html.
  • [4] https://nsarchive2.gwu.edu//NSAEBB/NSAEBB4/index.html.
  • [5] Stephen Kinzer, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq (New York: Times Books, 2006); Michael Grow, U.S. Presidents and Latin American Interventions: Pursuing Regime Change in the Cold War (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008).
  • [6] Jones, “The Great Satan and Me: Reflections on Iran and Postmodernism’s Faustian Pact,” Culture Wars, July/August 2015.
  • [7] Ibid.
  • [8] If you are an Alex Jones listener, if you are financially supporting this man with your precious money, then I feel sorry for you because you are being duped. Alex Jones has not the slightest of moral and truthful integrity, particularly when it comes to issues in the Middle East. No sane person should even support this man precisely because fundamental truth is not part of his vocabulary.
  • [9] Ashifa Kassam, “Justin Trudeau defends Canada’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia,” Guardian, March 21, 2018; “Justin Trudeau says he is unlikely to cancel Saudi armored vehicles sale,” Guardian, October 23, 2018.
  • [10] “Yemen’s displaced live on bread crumbs, leaves,” Associated Press, November 2, 2018.

 

جمال خاشقجي: أغلى جثة في التاريخ! مزاد بين ترامب واردوغان.. والحساب على بن سلمان

 

بقلم طلال سلمان

 

قُضِيَ الأمر، وثبت شرعاً، وبالدليل المادي الملموس، وباعتراف تركي رسمي، بأن جمال خاشقجي قد قضى نحبه داخل القنصلية السعودية في اسطنبول..


لكن هذه الجريمة مازالت، حتى اللحظة، “مجهولة الجاني”؟! والأسباب: هل هو انتحار، مثلاً؟ ام هو استهداف ـ من بعيد ـ لولي العهد السعودي الامير محمد بن سلمان؟ ام هو استهداف لبطل كل الازمنة والأمكنة أردوغان؟ ام أن المغدور الخاشقجي لم يجد وسيلة للتخلص من خطيبته التركية التي كانت تنتظره عند باب القنصلية سوى الطلب من القنصل السعودي ومعاونيه أن يريحوه منها ويريحوها منه، ولهم الاجر والثواب؟

ثم.. من تراه صاحب القرار في “اعدام” الخاشقجي؟.

في مملكة الصمت والذهب صاحب القرار واحد احد لا ثاني له ولا وكيل ولا نائب، ففي حضور الغياب، او غياب الحضور لخادم الحرمين الشريفين (وهو لقب موروث عن السلطان العثماني، الذي انتبه متأخراً إلى ان اللقب ليس من حقه شرعاً، فهو ليس من الاسرة الهاشمية، بل وليس حتى من العرب).. وهكذا تخلى عنه. ولما آل الحكم في ارض النبوة إلى آل سعود، وقد أخذوها بالسيف ومعه الانكليز، بات طبيعياً أن يزينوا عرشهم باللقب السامي، الذي قد يمنحهم حصانة مفتقدة باعتبار انهم ليسوا من اهل النسب الشريف ولكنهم من اهل السيفين؟

ثم.. لماذا تُرك الخاشقجي حراً، بعد مذبحة الامراء ورجال الاعمال التي انتهت بهم في فندق ريتز الفخم في الرياض بعدما دفعوا المال ورأس المال، بعد كراماتهم وسمعتهم وملياراتهم ومعها؟..

لماذا لم يبادر الامير خالد بن سلمان، سفير السعودية في واشنطن، إلى احتجاز الخاشقجي في السفارة الفخمة، وتركه يغادر إلى تركيا.. أليس هذا التقصير خطيراً؟
ولماذا أُتيحت للرئيس الاميركي دونالد ترامب هذه الفرصة الذهبية بالفعل، لابتزاز المملكة في ذهبها وكشف خيبة سيفها، اذ تحولت العملية الموعودة إلى ما يشبه الانتحار الذاتي لمملكة الصمت الابيض والذهب الاسود؟!

لقد تهافت الملوك والرؤساء والامراء والوزراء والاعيان العرب، في المشرق والمغرب، على مسابقة بعضهم البعض في إعلان الولاء للمملكة المعروفة بديمقراطيتها وتدينها (بدليل انها مسحت كل الامكنة التي تذكر برسول الله ونبيه محمد بن عبد الله) لأنها مع السياحة وضد عبادة الاصنام، ومع التجارة الحرة، لا سيما وان الحرم وجواره يكاد يكون الأغلى سعراً في التاريخ الانساني.. فهل يجوز أن نترك الحجيج يقوم بمراسم الحج مشياً على الاقدام، ام نيسر له الامر فيتنقل بالقطار الكهربائي السريع، حيث لا غبار، ولا مشقة، وانما زيادة طفيفة في رسوم الانتقال؟!

كل اولئك الملوك والرؤساء والوزراء والاعيان بالأجر، ومعهم الصحف والاذاعات ومحطات التلفزة التي يملكون، تبرعوا بشهادة الزور طوعاً، بعضهم من اقسم بما قُسم له من الشرهات، وبعضهم الآخر راهن على زيادة المخصص، باعتبار أن هذه المهمة “طارئة” ومن خارج دوام النفاق الرسمي.

وبطبيعة الحال، فان أبواق اصحاب الجلالة والفخامة هؤلاء، قد نطقوا كفراً، وشهدوا زوراً، وتبرعوا بروايات عجيبة غريبة عن علاقتهم بجمال خاشقجي، بل أن بينهم من ادعى الصداقة الحميمة مع الكاتب المغيب والذي لم يعد بإمكانه أن يكذب هذا “الشاهد الملك”.

بالمقابل فان الادارة الاميركية بقيادة الرئيس دونالد ترامب، وهو المضارب المميز في البورصة، قد مارست لعبتها المفضلة: بدأت باستهوال الجريمة الموصوفة، مع التوكيد انها لا تستطيع الصمت، وان على المملكة أن تثبت براءتها والا… وفي مكالمة مع الملك السعودي رفع الرئيس الاميركي صوته بالابتزاز:

نحن نحميكم.. وأنتم لا تدفعون لنا كفاية.. لولانا لما كنتم موجودين، فادفعوا والا… ثم اننا نعرف كل التفاصيل عن خاشقجي الذي كان يقيم لدينا وتنشر مقالاته في كبريات صحفنا… ثم، أيها الملك، ماذا لديكم غير المال، ونحن نحتاجه لدفع مرتبات العمال والموظفين المنتجين. هيا ادفعوا او تحملوا النتائج..

..ويبدو أن هذا الانذار قد اعطى ثماره: فأمس الاول، توجه وزير الخارجية الاميركية إلى الرياض لإنجاز الصفقة مع الملك الغائب وولي العهد الحاضر محمد بن سلمان.

أما أردوغان تركيا فقد جاءته الفرصة الذهبية من حيث لا يحتسب: انه الآن سيد اللعبة، يأخذ من السعودية، ويأخذ من ادارة ترامب..

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والمزاد مفتوح، ولسوف يحقق “بضربة واحدة” ما ينعش الاقتصاد التركي الذي يتراجع حتى لو احتاجت عملته إلى جراحات تجميلية عديدة لكي لا تنهار، كما في ماضيها القريب..

الكل سيخرج من هذه الصفقة رابحاً: الولايات المتحدة التي تريد المزيد والمزيد من ذهب المملكة الذي يُهدر على القصور واليخوت والحروب العبثية، كما في اليمن، و”الشرهات” المتعاظمة لملوك ورؤساء ووزراء في بلاد المشرق والمغرب (حتى حيث لا دولة، كما حال ليبيا..)

ثم أن تركيا التي تحسن الاتجار بالإسلام في الدول التي شعوبها، كلها او بعضها، طورانية.. كما انها تحتضن الاخوان المسلمين، مغرباً ومشرقاً بعنوان سوريا، كما أن رئيسها اردوغان يتقن لعبة الديمقراطية، فها هو سلطان منتخب بأصوات الاتراك، ومن ضمنها اصوات الارمن المقتولين، والكرد المرشحين للقتل، والعرب الذين “تُرِّكوا” برغم انوفهم كما في “اللواء السليب” اسكندرون..

أما الخاسر الاكبر فهم العرب الذين يخسرون، يومياً، وبأفضال حكامهم، المزيد من جدارتهم بأن يكونوا احفاد ناشري الدين الاسلامي في العالم وبناة الحضارة من بغداد العباسيين إلى الصين مروراً بالأندلس، بعد دمشق الامويين، وقاهرة الفاطميين..

وذهب الملك السعودي وولي عهده الذي يبشرنا بحجز ابناء عمومته، ومعهم رئيس حكومة لبنان، وقتل معارضيه، بشهادة جمال خاشقجي، لن يبني الغد الافضل، وان كان سيشوه الغد المرتجى!

لقد ثبت أن قنصلية سعودية واحدة تستطيع أن تغير في التحالفات الدولية، وان تهز مملكة الصمت والذهب، وان تحقق لترامب اقصى ما كان يطمع في جبايته من السعودية، وان تعيد الاعتبار إلى اردوغان … وكل ذلك بجثة واحدة مزقتها السكاكين والسيوف والرصاص في القنصلية المذهبة في اسطنبول.

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US Blind Eye: Khashoggi’s Death ‘Unacceptable’…Trump Needs Saudi Money, Alliance to Face Iran!

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Again it’s the American administrations’ double standards that govern the international scene.

Calling Saudi Arabia a crucial ally against Iran that purchases billions of dollars-worth of US weapons, Donald Trump lamented Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s “unacceptable” death but praised Riyadh for making the first arrests in the ongoing probe.

“It is a good first step. It is a big step,” Trump said, admitting, though, that “some questions” do remain and that he will be dealing with Congress on how to proceed to address the issue. “Saudi Arabia has been a great ally but what happened in unacceptable,” Trump emphasized.

Trump further stated: “I would prefer if there is going to be some form of sanction, or what we may determine to do if anything.”

“But I would prefer that we don’t use as retribution, canceling the $110 billion-worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs.”

“They have been a great ally in the Middle East. We need them as a counter-balance to Iran. So it’s not the simplest solution. It’s not the simplest situation to be in,” Trump reiterated, expressing hope that “it will get solved, it will get solved.”

Trump said he was going to call Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for more details and that Riyadh already promised him a “full report” into what happened to Khashoggi, a journalist who wrote for the Washington Post, after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

According to numerous reports citing Turkish officials familiar with the probe, the journalist was ambushed by Saudi agents, cruelly tortured and murdered.

When faced with a threat of potential retributions by the US and other world powers amid the widening outrage over its alleged complicity in Khashoggi’s death, Riyadh finally admitted that the journalist lost his life a “fist-fight” inside the embassy.

Amid the ongoing investigation, Saudi authorities also announced the detention of 18 suspects in the case. Furthermore, King Salman fired top spy officials and issued orders to overhaul the General Intelligence Agency, a task he assigned to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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