Jefferson Morley | August 28, 2019
Saudi Arabia: General Intelligence Presidency (GIP)
GIP in the News
- “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)
- “How the U.S. Justice Department Could Prosecute Khashoggi’s Killers” (December 5, 2018)
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 is now tested by crisis in U.S-Saudi relations triggered the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 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.