Haspel’s Testimony Sways Senate Republicans

CIA Director Gina Haspel was finally permitted to debrief the Senate behind closed doors regarding the murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

And it appears that what she had to say had a powerful effect on everyone present, regardless of party affiliation.

Since the debriefing, multiple lawmakers have gone on the record saying they believe Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman both ordered and monitored Khashoggi’s murder.

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Khashoggi’s Communication Intercepted by Saudis

A Montreal-based Saudi activist is suing NSO Group for allegedly hacking his and Jamal Khashoggi’s communication via WhatsApp at the behest of the regime.

NSO Group Technologies is an Israeli cyber intelligence firm founded in 2010 and based in Herzliya close to Tel Aviv.

Omar Abdulaziz, a close associate of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and fellow Saudi exile, is suing the Israeli company on the grounds that it intercepted their conversations leading up to Khashoggi’s murder at the direction of the Saudi regime.

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Senate May Break with Admin on Yemen War

The Senate voted on first steps to open debate surrounding the United States’ tactical support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

The vote followed a closed-door briefing in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis attempted to sway key swing votes, but failed.

The Senate voted 63-37 to advance the bipartisan measure, but White House advisors have recommended that the president veto the resolution should it pass.

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Administration Blocks Gina Haspel’s Testimony

The Senate will not be allowed to hear CIA Director Gina Haspel or any other intelligence official’s insight into U.S. journalist Jamal Kashoggi’s murder.

Shortly after Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi operatives, CIA Director Gina Haspel was permitted to listen to audio recordings of the incident by the Turkish government along with other world leaders.

The news came just before today’s closed-door debriefing on U.S.-Saudi relations in the Senate, spearheaded by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

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CIA Confirms Crown Prince’s Role in Khashoggi Murder

The CIA has joined Turkey in accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The assertion that the Crown Prince — known as MBS — was indeed responsible for the death of Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi is in direct contradiction with the Saudi government’s claims.

More than a dozen Saudi officials have been arrested in connection with the murder, a handful are facing the death penalty, and the monarchy has named a senior intelligence official as the leader of the hit-team.

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Madeleine Albright Calls President’s Behavior “Un-American”

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright condemned the president’s conduct at the recent summit with Russia.

On television, in print, and on Twitter, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright went out of her way to condemn the president’s behavior at the summit with Russia calling it “un-American, outrageous, ridiculous, stupid.”

She went on to say that she could not, “even think of all the adjectives that I think should really be attributed to that behavior.”

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Immigrant Children Housed in CIA Black Site

A Phoenix, Arizona office building is being used by a major U.S. military and CIA contractor to detain immigrant children.

UPDATED 07/12/18 11:40 AM PST: Military and CIA contractor MVM admitted that it detained immigrant children overnight in the black site facility in Pheonix, Arizona. A spokesperson reportedly told Reveal that it was a “regrettable exception” to the contractor’s policy.

The building reportedly has no kitchen, only a few toilets, and dark windows.

A local resident filmed children in sweatsuits filing into the building, prompting an investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Senate Withdraws Key Evidence in Haspel Hearing

The Intercept is reporting that the Senate Intelligence Committee has withdrawn a key piece of evidence in the Gina Haspel confirmation hearing.

The document, a classified memo which detailed Haspel’s role in torture, had been available for viewing to senators and staff with security clearance until Monday morning.

Senior aid to Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) Elizabeth Falcone announced the decision to restrict access to the memo on Monday morning via email.

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