The Washington Post marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of former columnist Jamal Khashoggi on Monday with a column by its editorial board.
Khashoggi, a frequent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed Oct. 2, 2018, in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Saudi government has denied involvement but the CIA concluded the following month that the crown prince ordered the assassination.
In the year since, despite the lack of accountability, the Saudi government has suffered major fallout from many of the policies that were the targets of Khashoggi’s criticism, including the bombing of Yemen and crackdowns on women’s rights activists, the Post editorial board says.
These policies, the Post asserts, “are carrying (bin Salman) toward a dead end — maybe even a precipitous crash” and despite his cordial relationship with President Trump, the president will likely be too busy with his re-election campaign and the recently-announced impeachment inquiry to offer aid.
“The crown prince might still rescue himself, but only if he finally heeds the advice Khashoggi offered him: release female activists and other political prisoners and punish those who tortured them; end the war in Yemen; allow peaceful critics like Khashoggi to come home and speak freely,” the Post wrote.
“Last but not least, he should stop offering half-truths and accept full responsibility for ordering the murder. We don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. But we believe history will show that our lost friend and colleague Jamal was on the right side of the debate that Mohammed bin Salman thought, mistakenly, he could win with a bone saw,” it concludes.
The crown prince said in a “Frontline” interview set to air this week that the murder “happened under my watch.”