A verbal debate between the former US Secretary of State and the publisher of the Washington Post over Jamal Khashoggi

A verbal debate between the former US Secretary of State and the publisher of the Washington Post over Jamal Khashoggi
A verbal debate between the former US Secretary of State and the publisher of the Washington Post over Jamal Khashoggi
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(CNN) — Fred Ryan, executive director of the American Washington Post, and former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took place over the criticism that Pompeo made, in his book published on Tuesday, of the late Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in his country’s consulate in Turkey. in 2018.

Pompeo had said that Khashoggi “was not a journalist but rather an activist,” and claimed that the Saudi journalist had “good relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, which supports terrorism,” and added that global outrage over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was “disproportionate.”

“A lot of the disproportionate global buzz was driven by the media, which made the story more difficult because Khashoggi was a (journalist), and to be clear, Khashoggi was a journalist to the extent that I and many other public figures are journalists, and we publish our writings sometimes, but we also do things,” Pompeo said. other”.

He added, “The media has made Khashoggi the Saudi Bob Woodward (referring to the famous American journalist who exposed Watergate) who was cited for his brave criticism of the Saudi royal family through opinion articles he published in The Washington Post.”

He continued, “In fact, Khashoggi was an activist who supported the losing team in a final battle for the throne in Saudi Arabia, and was not happy with his exile.”

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He stated, “Jamal Khashoggi’s public expression of grief over the death of Osama bin Laden shows, at least, a much more complex situation than has been acknowledged. He did not deserve to die, but we need to be clear about his identity and many people in the media did not.” “.

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Ryan commented, in a statement on Twitter, on Pompeo’s criticism that he “spreads vile lies to try to sell more copies of his book,” and said it was “appalling and disheartening to see Mike Pompeo’s book so outrageously misrepresenting the life and work of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as The CIA once directed by Pompeo concluded that Jamal was brutally murdered on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he said.

He added that the late journalist “his only crime was exposing corruption and oppression among those in power, work that good journalists around the world do every day, dedicated himself to the values ​​of freedom of expression and a free press and adhered to the highest professional standards.”

“For this dedication, he paid the price,” Ryan continued. “It is disgraceful that Pompeo spread vile lies to insult the life of a brave man and his commitment to the principles Americans hold dear as a bookselling ploy.”

On the other hand, Pompeo responded, via his Twitter account: “The Americans are safer because we did not call Saudi Arabia a pariah state. Dangerous places to protect us all, I’ve never forgotten that.”

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