Jamal Khashoggi’s Secret Interview Released as His Death Confirmed

Saturday, October 20, 2018
By Paul Martin


After the Saudi prosecutor-general confirmed that The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died following an altercation in the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul, Palestinian-Israeli foreign policy analyst and journalist Rula Jebreal published a secret interview with him for the American magazine Newsweek.

Speaking off the record to the renowned journalist, Rula Jebreal, who was working on a cover story about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the now-deceased Jamal Khashoggi dismissed the “opposition” label he’s had pinned on him.

“I want a better Saudi Arabia. I don’t see myself as an opposition. I’m not calling for the overthrow of the regime… I’m just calling for reform of the regime.”

The two appeared to have discussed the reforms, initiated by the Crown Prince under his Vision 2030 program, which breathed fresh liberal air into the highly conservative kingdom.
Riyadh opened the doors of the first movie theater after a 35-year ban, contributed to the empowerment of Saudi women, having given them the right to drive, allowed them to not wear the black Muslim robe-like dress, abaya, as well as opened sports stadiums to female football fans.

Khashoggi, however, criticized Prince Salman for his willingness to implement “white elephant projects” rather than work on the poor areas of the country.

“He still doesn’t see the people. When he sees the people, that’s when the actual reform will start. He is moving toward a Saudi Arabia according to him, a Saudi Arabia according to Mohammed bin Salman only,” the journalist was cited as saying.

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