A spokesman for King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia revealed today that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is currently confined to his bedroom and has had his pocket money stopped while the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is investigated. It is an indication of the seriousness of the situation that the crown prince has also been banned from Facebook and had his PlayStation confiscated until further notice.
"He's always been naughty" said Major General Ahmed al-Assiri who is a high-ranking adviser to the crown prince and babysits him on a regular basis "and sometimes the little rascal just has tantrums and says and does things he doesn't mean. For example, this Khashoggi thing, he didn't mean anything by it and now he's trying to blame me. Come on, I'm just a harmless old soldier who kills Yemeni children."
Separately, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly denied having listened to an audio recording which Turkey says is evidence of Mr Khashoggi's murder. "I've heard no tape, I've seen no transcript," he said.
Following his denial, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was forced to refute suggestions that during a crisis meeting at which evidence of Mr. Khashoggi's murder was discussed Mr. Pompeo had placed his fingers in his ears and kept his eyes closed as did "President" Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law adviser Jared Kushner.