Mike Pompeo criticizes journalist Jamal Khashoggi as an ‘activist’ who received too much media sympathy


Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has slammed slain. Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in his new book. Questioning his journalistic credentials. And what he called sympathetic media coverage of his brutal killing in Saudi Arabia.

“He didn’t deserve to die, but we need to be clear about. Who he was — and a lot of people in the media weren’t,” Pompeo wrote in “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love.” todaystrend News obtained a copy of the book ahead of its Jan. 24 release.

Pompeo, a potential 2024 presidential candidate.

Mocked the media’s portrayal of Khashoggi as “a Saudi Arabian Bob Woodward. Who was martyred for criticizing the Saudi. Royal family through his opinion articles in the Washington Post.”

Pompeo, who also served as CIA director in the Trump administration. Described Khashoggi as an “activist”, claiming that he was a journalist. “As much as I and a lot of other people are journalists. We sometimes publish our writing, but we also do other things. do.”Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi Crown. Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Disappeared on October 2, 2018. After entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His disappearance sparked international intrigue. And then outrage. When a Turkish prosecutor announced. That Khashoggi had been strangled. Or strangled and dismembered.

Pompeo also tries to question Khashoggi’s loyalty in his book.

“And even as the New York Times reported. Khashoggi was cozy with the terrorist-supporting. Muslim Brotherhood,” Pompeo wrote. Pompeo noted Khashoggi’s public mourning for Osama bin Laden. Over the US killing of the al Qaeda founder.

“Jamal Khashoggi is not part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

I assure you of this,” Khashoggi’s widow, Hanan Ilatar Khashoggi, told todaystrend News on Monday.

She said her husband had a narrow view of the Muslim Brotherhood, with which he had close ties in his youth. He said he would condemn their actions in some countries and praise them in others. He believed that as a journalist he had to be close to an ideal to talk about it.

She also said that her husband “always condemned” the 9/11 attacks and believed. That the Saudis were “the biggest losers of 9/11” because it made them feel they had “no tolerance”.

Pompeo wrote that while Khashoggi’s brutal killing was “ugly”. It was not “surprising” to him because. It was the kind of behavior he expected from the Middle East.

“I’ve seen enough of the Middle East to know. That this kind of brutality was pretty regular in that part of the world,” he wrote.

In 2018, Pompeo, as Secretary of State.

Said Khashoggi’s assassination violated “standards of international law”. While still emphasizing the “strategic” relationship with Saudi Arabia.

In 2020, Khashoggi’s family sued Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Accusing him of ordering Khashoggi’s brutal execution. Last year, President Joe Biden’s administration said it believed. the crown prince should be shielded from lawsuits in US courts because of his high office. The State Department noted that it is a “legal determination.” And “takes no view on the merits of the present case and reiterates its unequivocal. Condemnation of the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”

Pompeo’s new book comes as he considers a run for the White journalist House. Pompeo said former President Donald Trump’s run in 2024. Would not derail his own candidacy.

Hanan Ilatar Khashoggi said she was. “desperate to silence these people who publish books. insult my husband and collect money from it.”

“Whatever he [Pompeo] mentions about my husband, he does not know my husband. She should shut up and stop lying about my husband,” she said. “This is such bad information and misinformation. … This is not acceptable.”

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