Jefferson Morley | August 28, 2019
Saudi Arabia: General Intelligence Presidency (GIP)
GIP in the News
- Jeff Bezos’ Phone Was Hacked by Saudi Crown Prince, Say British Reports (January 20, 2020)
- Reuters: Top Iranian Officials Planned Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Field (Nov. 26, 2019)
- Twitter’s Saudi Spy Network Leaves Activists Living in Fear (November 20, 2019)
- Saudi Intelligence Officers in Khashoggi Murder Have Yet to Face Justice (Oct. 1, 2019)
- “Turkish Paper Publishes Saudi Hit Squad’s Gruesome Conversations During Khashoggi’s Murder” (September 11, 2019)
- “Axis of Trump: Israel, Russia, and Saudi Arabia Campaign for the President” (August 16, 2019)
- “Saudis Deploy Israeli Spyware to Target Dissidents” (June 3, 2019)
As the monarchy’s intelligence apparatus, GIP is instrumental to the power of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Once the King’s personal security detail, the Saudi service was organized into a modern intelligence service by Prince Turki al-Faisal in the 1970s. Faisal, who maintained good relations with the U.S. CIA and Washington policymakers, resigned ten days before the 9/11 attacks, in which 15 Saudi hijackers participated.
The GIP was tested by crisis in U.S-Saudi relations triggered the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. One top GIP official has been charged with murder. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) announced a reorganization of GIP in October 2018 with results to be determined.