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Free subscriber-exclusive audiobook!“No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention”Get it now on Libro.fm using the button below.The Biden administration may involve itself in a civil lawsuit targeting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman because it fears US secrets could be revealed in court, The Washington Post's David Ignatius reported.Saad al-Jabri, a former Saudi intelligence chief who fled in 2017, sued Crown Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, in a Washington, DC, court last August, alleging the prince sent a hit squad to kill him in Toronto in October 2018.As a top Saudi Interior Ministry official for decades, al-Jabri worked closely with the CIA on anti-terror measures in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks.Lawyers for al-Jabri say MBS wants al-Jabri dead because he has access to sensitive information about the government and royal family, and was close Mohammed bin Nayef, who was ousted as the Saudi crown prince in June 2017.Michael Kellogg, MBS's lawyer, filed a motion to dismiss al-Jabri's claim in December, arguing that the crown prince is immune from US prosecution as a head of state.Attorneys for MBS have also accused al-Jabri of using his anti-terror programs to embezzle $3.4 billion from the Saudi state.

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