More than a year before the killing of journallst Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia‘s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved a secret campaign to silence dissenters, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The campaign included surveillance, kidnapping and torture of Saudis, said the report, which cited U.S. officials who have read classified intelligence reports about the effort. American officials referred to it as the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group.

The Senators, briefed by the heads of us. intelligence agencies, said they were convinced that Prince Mohammed was responsible for the Khashoggi killlng. Among its activities, the group appears to have been lnvolved in the detention and abuse of prominent women’s rights activists last year.

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