Here are the top four important political stories you need to know about: US and Mexico agree on plan to handle approaching caravan of 4,000 migrants; Ex-FBI agent sent to jail for leaking classified documents; And three stories related to Saudi Arabia: Saudis place blame on top intelligence officials for journalist’s death; Trump journalist’s death, could mean severe consequences for Saudi Arabia.
US and Mexican officials have reached an agreement on a plan for handling the caravan of 5,000migrants who are making their way from Central America, toward the United States, Fox News reported.
The deal reportedly has been in development over the course of several months, and Mexico has requested that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) establish shelters along its southern border with Central America, according to Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez.
“Just today, the Mexican government, and this is a very important step, requested the intervention of the U.N., the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees, to help Mexico review any asylum claims from the members of the caravan,” Gutierrez said. “That will allow us to have a process by which in our border we will make sure that of serving human rights, respecting international law, if there are legitimate claims to refugee, those can be processed in a very clear way.”
Former FBI agent Terry James Albury, 39, pled guilty earlier this year to one count each of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and unauthorized retention of national defense information, stating that he “knowingly” gave classified defense documents to a reporter despite being aware of its illegality, according to The Associated Press.
On Thursday in Minnesota, U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright told Albury at his sentencing, “You did so willingly. You knew that what you did was a criminal act, and you knew that you were putting the nation’s security at risk.”
Albury was sentenced to four years behind bars.
The Saudis have now admitted that Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed after visiting the Saudi consulate. Saudi rulers are placing the blame on their intelligence agencies, and placing most of the blame on two of their top intelligence officials, Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, a high-ranking adviser to the crown prince and Saud al-Qahtani, a law graduate and an advisor who holds several positions within the royal court.
The Saudis also fired three other high-ranking intelligence officials Mohamed bin Saleh Al-Ramih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shayee and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Mohammady.
Reporters asked President Trump what consequences Saudi Arabia could face if their culpability in the murder of missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was established.
“Well, it’ll have to be very severe,” Trump told reporters. “I mean, it’s bad, bad stuff. But we’ll see what happens. OK?”
A day earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo advised President Trump to give Saudi Arabia “a few more days to complete” an investigation into the disappearance of the journalist. Pompeo added that Saudi officials told him “they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all the facts surrounding Mr. Khashoggi, and that they will do so in a timely fashion.”
Trump said he was “waiting for the results” of those investigations, after which he pledged to make “a very strong statement” on the matter.