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Episode 1: "The Henchman"

The episode focuses on the role of Saud al-Qahtani, the right hand man and enforcer of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the intimidation of Saudi dissidents, including journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Qahtani was known for his ruthlessness: He supervised the torture of a prominent women’s rights activist. He also met and supervised the Tiger Team of assassins who flew to Istanbul in Oct. 2018 to assassinate Khashoggi — a shocking crime that is reconstructed in this episode based on notes of secret Saudi interrogations and an interview with Agnes Callamard, the former United Nations special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings, who investigated the murder.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Conspiracyland Season 3 — "The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi" — is an eight episode series, hosted by Yahoo News' Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff, that investigates the grisly state-sponsored assassination of Saudi Arabia's most prominent journalist after he dared to criticize the country's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS. Isikoff has uncovered new details about the murder, including notes based on confessions by the assassins during secret Saudi interrogations. The series also presents new evidence of MBS' role in directing a global campaign of surveillance targeting Saudi dissidents, including a plot to plant spies inside Twitter to steal personal details about his critics. At the center of the saga is Khashoggi — a man of many secrets who once was close friends with Osama bin Laden and later was assigned special intelligence-collecting missions by the Saudi government only to become in his later years a fearless voice for democracy and freedom of speech. The series is based on more than 50 interviews with friends, colleagues, and lovers of Khashoggi, as well as senior U.S. and Saudi officials, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, former national security advisor John Bolton, former deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Joseph Westphal.