His widow responded.. Pompeo wonders about the “real” Khashoggi and his role in the “race for the Saudi throne.”

His widow responded.. Pompeo wonders about the “real” Khashoggi and his role in the “race for the Saudi throne.”
His widow responded.. Pompeo wonders about the “real” Khashoggi and his role in the “race for the Saudi throne.”

Hanan al-Eter, the widow of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, accused former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of fabricating lies about her late husband, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

In his new book, which will be published on Tuesday, Pompeo asked if Khashoggi, who wrote regular articles for the Washington Post, could only be considered a “journalist” or “activist”, and considered that he “was supporting the losing team” in Saudi Arabia, according to the newspaper. “The Guardian”.

Al-Eter considered, in her interview with Al-Hurra website, on Tuesday, that Pompeo is trading in the tragedy of her late husband, by talking about him in his book with “false information.”

“To be clear, Khashoggi was a writer and I and many other public figures sometimes publish our writings, but we also do other things,” Pompeo said.

Pompeo criticized the discontent that resulted from the killing of Khashoggi, describing it as “false anger”, considering that the media had made him the Saudi version of the American investigative journalist, Bob Woodward, for his criticism of the royal family through the opinion articles he published in the Washington Post.

And Bob Woodward, one of the most famous journalists in the world, is known as the bomber of the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of former US President Richard Nixon from office.

Pompeo said, “In fact, Khashoggi was an activist, supporting the losing team in a battle for the kingdom’s throne (…) and he was not happy about being exiled.”

However, Al-Eter considered, in her interview with Al-Hurra, that Pompeo’s words are proof that he “knows nothing about my husband,” addressing the former US Secretary of State: “If you do not know anything, you should remain silent.”

She explained that Khashoggi began his journalistic work since the beginning of the eighties of the last century and covered developments in Afghanistan and Algeria, and covered Desert Storm (Kuwait Liberation War) in 1991. on which he died.”

Al-Eter denied that her late husband had chosen the losing side among the contestants for the throne in Saudi Arabia. “Khashoggi was explicitly saying, ‘I am not against the kingdom, I am not against the royal family, and I am not against the crown prince.’ He has the right, as an enlightened person with a conscience, to share his opinion that he aspires to democracy, justice and equality, and we deserve this in the East,” adding that “his escape to exile in the United States was not his choice.”

Khashoggi, who has been living in the United States since 2017, entered his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, but did not leave.

Al-Eter told Al-Hurra: “My husband was loyal to the Crown Prince, but he was against some steps in the field of fighting corruption, for example. He was wondering about the reason for arresting some wealthy and princes and putting them in a hotel, then releasing them. He was demanding transparency about the reason for their arrest and the reason for release them, which are legitimate questions.”


Brotherhood and bin Laden

Pompeo accused Khashoggi of “dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood, which supports terrorism, and that he expressed regret over the death of Osama bin Laden,” according to the Guardian.


Pompeo was head of the CIA before becoming Secretary of State under former US President Donald Trump.

A US intelligence report accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of approving the assassination of Khashoggi, which was committed by a special security team specially sent to Turkey.

And Pompeo considered that the killing of Khashoggi did not come as a surprise to him, “I have seen enough of the Middle East to know that this type of cruelty was something very routine in that part of the world.”

However, Pompeo stressed that “Khashoggi did not deserve to die, but we need to be clear about his (real) identity, and many media professionals did not make that clear.”

For her part, Al-Eter asked in her interview with Al-Hurra: “How many times did Pompeo meet my husband, or even read to him or see his interviews?” He drew his information from what she described as “the dictatorships of the East.”

She said, “Even if he got his information from a specific country in the Gulf or the Middle East, are these regimes a source of correct information, and if he built his opinion on assumptions, then he, as a politician, should have been more balanced and credible.”

And she considered that “everything he dealt with was a lie and slander and something unacceptable from a politician with ambition, and so how does he allow himself to diminish the tragedy and sacrifice of Jamal, whom I have lived with for years since 2009.”

Al-Eter denied that her late husband was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood “and never sympathized with the events of September 11th,” but added: “Even if he was a member of this group, does this justify this heinous and heinous crime?”

In his book, Pompeo described Khashoggi’s murder as a “heinous massacre”, “unacceptable” and “illegal”.

But Al-Etr considered that this was a kind of poison in honey, through a good introduction, so that what he would say later would be palatable, and “so that it would seem fair, before accusing my husband of being a member of the Brotherhood, or sympathizing with Bin Laden, or agreeing with him.” September eleventh.



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