[size=36]The New York Times: Mohammed bin Salman threatened to use a "bullet" against Khashoggi[/size]
Reuters) - A year before the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told his aides that he would use a "bullet" against Khashoggi if he did not return home, the New York Times reported.
The newspaper quoted former and current US and foreign officials familiar with intelligence reports as saying that the Crown Prince's statement to one of his top aides in 2017 was before Khashoggi's death in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The newspaper pointed out that US intelligence agencies monitored this statement, and that intelligence experts interpreted it metaphorically, means that Mohammed bin Salman did not necessarily mean to shoot Khashoggi, but they believe that the statement showed his intention to kill the journalist if he did not return to the Kingdom.
Representatives of the Saudi embassy in Washington, the US intelligence and the US National Security Agency did not respond to requests from Reuters to comment on the report.