Washington fears that litigation in U.S. jurisdiction between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the kingdom’s former spy, Saad al-Jabri, could lead to the disclosure of American secrets. It is believed that al-Jabri, who fled the kingdom several years ago, may know a lot of sensitive information.
At issue are the lawsuits brought by Riyadh against former Saudi spy Saad al-Jabri, who worked closely with the United States for a long time while working on secret counterterrorism operations.
The court has asked the Justice Department for certain information. A month ago, the agency asked for more time, citing that “national security issues require ‘sensitive’ and ‘complex’ decisions
The feud between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and al-Jabri has been going on for a long time. Al-Jabri’s patron was Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who, until Mohammed bin Salman was declared crown prince, was considered the main contender for the Saudi throne.
Some U.S. officials who worked with al-Jabri publicly supported him, while noting that he had access to classified information.
Several lawsuits are pending against the Saudi crown prince in the United States. In addition to al-Jabri’s accusations, there is also a statement from Khatija Jengiz, the fiancee of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who believes Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of her fiancé. In addition, al-Jazeera journalist Ghada Uweis appealed to the U.S. court. She believes that because of her professional activities she was subjected to hacking attacks ordered by the Saudi authorities.
The U.S.-Saudi relationship is based on Washington’s access to oil in exchange for a commitment to provide defense for the kingdom. This partnership is in the strategic interests of both countries, but the states diverge on values – the protection of human rights and democracy
There is another point – by 2024-2026, the U.S. should reach the level of a net exporter – a country that exports more than it imports hydrocarbons. “In this regard, one of the pivots that has historically brought countries together may disappear. The second factor is the Saudis’ increasing cooperation with China over the past five years.
Whereas under Trump, the Saudis felt full support from the U.S., the relationship between Riyadh and Washington is now more complex and tense, so the Saudis are modifying their policies in the region. Since the Democrats came in, there have been many tectonic shifts in the Gulf region and the Middle East as a whole