Saad Aljabri, a former senior Saudi intelligence officer and a close adviser to Mohammed bin Nayef (former crown prince and interior minister and potential political rival to Prince Mohammed) fled Saudi Arabia in 2017 and is currently living in exile in Canada. Former US intelligence officials see Aljabri as a credible figure and a reliable source. They’ve accredited him with providing the intelligence that helped to save an untold number of American and Saudi lives following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Aljabri was the man who provided the intelligence that alerted US services to two bombs planted by al-Qaida (hidden inside printer cartridges) and smuggled onto two planes heading for US destinations.
Speaking to 60 Minutes, an American television news magazine broadcast on the CBS television network, Aljabri describes Prince Mohammed as reckless and untrustworthy… “a psychopath with no empathy, [who] doesn’t feel emotion and never learned from his experience… I am here to sound the alarm about a psychopath, killer, in the Middle East, with infinite resources, who poses a threat to his people, to Americans and to the planet.”
Here’s a brief summary of the 60 Minutes interview…
- Aljabri describes the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is a “psychopath with no empathy”
- He claims Salman once boasted he could kill the former Saudi ruler, King Abdullah.
- Aljabri claims the Crown Prince wants him dead and even sent a six-person hits quad to kill him in October 2018 but he received a warning from an old associate telling him that they were coming, that they’d already dismembered journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that he, Aljabri, was now top of their hit list. The hit squad landed at Ottawa airport but were immediately deported by Canadian authorities. A statement from the Canadian government said that they were “aware of incidents in which foreign actors have attempted to threaten those living in Canada.”
- Two of Aljabri’s children, Sarah and Omar, are currently in a Saudi prison and allegedly being used as leverage to try and force him to return to Saudi Arabia.
- Another family member, Aljabri’s son-in-law, was allegedly abducted, whipped, tortured and beaten up as a proxy for his father-in-law. His abductors, we’re told, also threatened to torture other family members if Aljabri didn’t return to Saudi Arabia.
- Aljabri claims the Prince Mohammed sees him as a threat because Aljabri has information the prince does not want released. Aljabri claims he even has a recorded conversation, from 2014, between Prince Mohammed and the then crown prince, Bin Nayef, where Prince Mohammed boasted that he could easily kill King Abdullah and put his own father, Salman, on the throne.
- Aljabri tells us he has also recorded a “death video” to be released in the event that he is killed. The video allegedly contains even more secrets about the royal family, as well as some secrets about the US administration.
Whether or not these videos actually exist, I think it’s fair to assume that Aljabri is seen as a significant enough of a threat to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the Saudis to send a hit squad to Canada to take him out. It’s also possible that the mere threat of this intelligence getting out might be the only thing that’s now keeping Aljabri and other members of his family safe.
It is curious, however, why Aljabri has made it publicly known that the death video also contains intelligence on US affairs. Does he also see certain quarters of the US administration, allied with the Saudi regime and with Israel, against Iran, as a direct threat?
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