|Mohammed bin Salman|
Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman takes responsibility for the Oct. 2, 2018 torture, murder and dismemberment of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, according to a partial transcript of an interview that he gave PBS' "Frontline," set to air next week.
"It happened under my watch," MBS told journalist Martin Smith. "I get all the responsibility because it happened under my watch."
He denies, however, any advance knowledge of the planned hit on Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to obtain documents required for his marriage.
Khashoggi's murder drew global condemnation and undermined Saudi Arabia's PR program that pitched MBS as a young and progressive leader of the Kingdom. Publicis Groupe's Qorvis Communications is Saudi Arabia's main PR firm.
Saudi Arabia initially denied any official involvement in the plot to kill Khashoggi, who was a critic of the crown prince.
A United Nations investigation in June founded "credible evidence" that MBS and other royals were culpable.
The National Press Club will honor Khashoggi, the posthumous recipient of its John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press citation, on the one-year anniversary of his death.
President Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak will lead club members and others in the moment of silence at 10 a.m., which will be followed by brief remarks.