Saudi "Deep State" Prince Bandar Among Those Arrested In Purge: Report

Tyler Durden's picture

According to a new report by Middle East Eye, Prince Bandar bin Sultan - Saudi Arabia's most famous arms dealer, longtime former ambassador to the US, and recent head of Saudi intelligence - was among those detained as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) so-called "corruption purge" that started with the initial arrests of up to a dozen princes and other top officials last weekend.

If confirmed, the arrest and detention of Bandar would constitute the most significant and high profile figure caught up in the purge - even above that of high profile billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal - given Bandar's closeness to multiple US administrations and involvement in events ranging from Reagan's Nicaraguan Contra program (including direct involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal), to making the case for the Iraq War as a trusted friend of Bush and Cheney, to directing US-Saudi covert operations overseeing the arming of jihadists in Syria.

Famous photograph of George W. Bush and his close confidant Prince Bandar bin Sultan.

Middle East Eye issued the report based on multiple contacts "inside the royal court" and indicates further that the scale of MBS' aggressive crackdown is much larger than previously reported, and even involves the torture of "senior figures" among those detained:

Some senior figures detained in last Saturday's purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment, Middle East Eye can reveal.  People inside the royal court also told MEE that the scale of the crackdown, which has brought new arrests each day, is much bigger than Saudi authorities have admitted, with more than 500 people detained and double that number questioned.

And shockingly, those sources say that the longtime Saudi 'deep state' power broker and liaison with the West, Prince Bandar, is among the detained:

One of the most famous is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and confidant of former US President George W Bush.  There is no word on his fate, but Saudi authorities said that one of the corruption cases they are looking at is the al-Yamamah arms deal, in which Bandar was involved.

While no doubt Bandar's very well-known role in Saudi "oil for arms" programs which have come to define Saudi relations with the West over the past decades is a trumped up and "selective" charge (insofar as the highest levels of the state have overseen such shady dealing) the al-Yamamah deal in particular - which goes back to the mid-1980's - has been an historical embarrassment to both the UK and Saudi governments (BAE Systems was the prime British contractor involved) for the astounding level of fraudulent accounting exposed in UK courts. 

Concerning Prince Bandar's role in the al-Yamamah deal, Middle East Eye continues

Bandar bought an entire village in the Cotswolds, a picturesque area of central England, and a 2,000-acre sporting estate with part of the proceeds from kickbacks he received in the al-Yamamah arms deal, which netted British manufacturer BAE £43bn ($56.5bn) in contracts for fighter aircraft.


As much as $30m (£15m) is alleged to have been paid into Bandar’s dollar account at Riggs Bank in Washington and the affair led to corruption probes in the US and UK, although the case was dropped in the UK in 2006 after an intervention by then-prime minister Tony Blair.

But more likely is that Bandar has been caught up in this week's MBS dragnet for his closeness to Western heads of state and foreign intelligence services. With MBS' aggressive consolidation of power which could result in ascension to the throne at any moment, and with fate of multiple princes and officials still unknown - not the least of which is now ex-PM of Lebanon Saad Hariri - a shroud of secrecy has resulted in myriad theories concerning what is really happening behind the scenes. 

Likely, Bandar has been detained to ensure a communications blackout with Western intelligence and media until MBS' plans are complete, with the added benefit of ensuring the "anti-corruption" angle to the purges for the consumption of international media. 

Bandar (left) has been close to multiple US administrations
 spanning decades with direct involvement in events ranging from Reagan's Nicaraguan Contra program (including being named in the Iran-Contra scandal), to making the case for the Iraq War as a trusted friend of Bush and Cheney, to directing Obama-era covert operations to arm jihadists in Syria.

Ironically, Bandar himself once seemed to publicly boast about receiving massive kickbacks in relation to Saudi weapons dealing, which perhaps further made him an easy and high profile target in this week's crackdown. According to a royal family profile highlighting corruption in the New York Times from early this week

Perhaps the most famous statement on corruption in Saudi Arabia was made by Prince Bandar. In an interview with PBS in 2001, he said: “If you tell me that building this whole country, and spending $350 billion out of $400 billion, that we had misused or got corrupted with $50 billion, I’ll tell you, yes. But I’ll take that anytime.”

And the New York Times summarized the key events of the multi-billion pound weapons deal with the UK as follows:

Weapons contracts have long been a source of wealth. British media reported that Prince Bandar received well over $1 billion in secret payments from BAE Systems, the leading British military contractor, over the course of a decade. The son of founding King Abdulaziz’s personal doctor, Adnan Khashoggi, became a billionaire as an arms dealer and go-between for weapons makers and members of the royal family.

Meanwhile news of Bandar's possible arrest and detention hasn't spread very widely in international media reports as of this writing, but it will be interesting to see the response in the West should the news be confirmed. Will Bandar's friends in Washington and London go to bat for him? Or will Prince Bandar quietly recede into the background of a permanent forced retirement from public life?

Most likely the latter will be the case. Regardless, for friends of the former powerful Saudi intelligence director on either side of the Atlantic and within Saudi Arabia itself, Bandar no doubt knows where all the skeletons are buried, and this alone makes him a worrisome, volatile and unpredictable figure in the midst of a transfer of power.

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Ms No's picture


Are you going to be around for 40 weeks so we can check back with you on that?

Rex Andrus's picture

"Everybody's involved." Drain the fucking swamp!

east of eden's picture

Just consider the opportunities here. THere will be thousands and thousands of square yards of aligator skins. Should make for some high fashion, low cost boots.

Rex Andrus's picture

Ship those harems to the Bundy Ranch. They don't need to graze. 

pawn's picture

Hedge-fund billionaire John Paulson has purchased the famed Hala Ranch along with another property in Aspen for $49 million, according to people familiar with the matter.

The lavish ranch, sold by Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was once the most expensive estate ever listed in the U.S., with a price tag in 2006 of $135 million.

The property includes a main house with 15-bedrooms, 16-baths, and 56,000-square-feet. It also includes several side buildings, as well as a water-treatment plant, gas pumps and other high-tech features.

pawn's picture

Your a fu+k tyler

mc888's picture

Things are starting to get interesting.


Today Bandar Bush...Tomorrow George Bush.  Oh...if we were so lucky!

Mena Arkansas's picture

Although the saudis were a sideshow to the mossad/sayanim/deep-state perpetrators on 9/11, saudi intelligence and Bandar were involved.

Saudi Prince And Friend Of Bushes Connected To Al-Qaida, 9/11 Hijackers, Documents Reveal

The unclassified 28 pages of the 9/11 report reveal that the FBI and CIA had evidence connecting Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, nicknamed Bandar Bush, to al-Qaida and men close to the 9/11 hijackers.

The report shows that bin Sultan was most closely connected to Osama Bassnan, a suspected Saudi intelligence agent who was close to 9/11 hijackers.

The report states that “[Bassnan] and his wife have received financial support from the Saudi Ambassador to the United States and his wife.” “According to the FBI, on May 14, 1998, Bassnan cashed a check from Bandar in the amount of $15,000.”

The report found that Bassnan had been in contact with 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, and suspected Saudi intelligence agent and terrorist supporter Omar al-Bayoumi.

No surprise the saudis and israel are now holding hands in the mideast.

PGR88's picture

George Bush I and II don't say shit about Obama for 8 years, but 1 week before their connections in Saudi Arabia are taken down, they attack Trump.

Very strange behavior for Republicans.  Post Hoc fallacy?

IronForge's picture

His Excellency Prince Bandar's Bitch, George W Bush



Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I'll believe Bandar "Bush" is still alive... When someone can prove "HE IS STILL ALIVE"!!!...

Until then Thierry Meysson's assertion(s) remain intact (

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And while "the powers that be" are at it...

Osama bin Laden isn't at the bottom of the Indian Ocean... Or dead going on 16 1/2 years off his last dialysis machine... But is in fact with the rest of the Saudi Royalty penned up in that "hotel"!!!

It's far worse than anyone could imagine when dead people are STILL DOING "THE WORST" CRIMES!!!

And this sure as fuck ain't over for the deliberate and continuous suffering and carnage the Syrians and Iraqis will endure when Bandar "Bush" DEAD or ALIVE is "seeking" a return on investment since "Yankee Jewdle's" been hardcore in the neighborhood since installing the outpost in 1949 (, (

Being played like the worst tuned "violin" at this point folks!... Especially after this ( but YOU already knew that!!!

Oldrepublic's picture

good recap from Southfront



Son of Captain Nemo's picture

RT News is broadcasting that the Saudi military just hit Sana'a in a "huge way" AGAIN,... but I'm not seeing anything yet on their site, SF or here?...

SixIsNinE's picture

yeah jim willie was saying bandar was shot back then ...  


and jim claimed that john kerry got shot too when he went to the hospital and they said he fell off his bike or something .... 


JW is interesting in how far he goes with the Afghan thing being the gigantic poppy opium plantation for Big Pharma.      no reason to doubt it, really.



Son of Captain Nemo's picture

I elaborated on what I remember all those years ago when Meysson wrote that to smacker below...

But by all means... When he turns up at his snow cottage in Aspen let U.S. know!... I believe alot of people are interested in "reaching" him.

And if the entire Bush family will be visiting in Aspen with him, members of the Russian Federation's FSB and Syria and Iran's intel folks would love nothing more than to give them ALL a warm long overdue "welcome" since he's been missing on the slopes for 5 years!!!

JSBach1's picture

Not sure if you saw this analysis of the Pentagon strikes of 911, but let me know your feedback:

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Excellent summary. But I think it may very well have been a "missile" with explosive inside the Pentagon that were triggered April Gallop (( What people forget and how important early information is when piecing together a crime scene (


smacker's picture

Interesting stuff there. I also concluded some while ago that it was a missile that hit the Pantygon not a B757 although I had no idea where it was fired from. I also note that neither the Bosankoe nor the French sites are available.

east of eden's picture

Tks for the link. Always searching for some truth.

smacker's picture

Something doesn't fit here Captain:

That Voltairenet article claiming Bandar's death is dated Jul-2012 which is two years before Bandar visited Moscow and threatened Putin with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Glad you mentioned smack... Because during the infamous Putin /Bandar meeting they used file footage allegedly that pre-dated that encounter... I don't remember the other media sources that covered it as well, but there was rumor that when Prince Bandar threatened Putin with the notion that his Olympics "wouldn't be safe" that picture came from an earlier encounter and that he was already "dead"!...

Speculation is that he was rubbed out by either Syrian special ops or Lebanon but it has been hush ever since he went missing for his annual April Aspen ski trip and hasn't been back since?...

I certainly haven't seen Bandar in the news as of the last 4 years, but I guess it is always possible he's just been in deep hiding as many in Russia, Iran and China would love nothing more than to have a piece of his ugliest "monkey ass" among others...

But given his importance and stature within the Saudi inner-circle and it's connection to Mossad and Langley that would in and of itself be highly unusual!...

Gone missing this long and than suddenly be "under arrest" for those that haven't seen him in more than 4 years?...

It would almost be like Julian Assange going completely silent for 4 years and then being told by the MSM that he's still in the Ecuadorian Embassy???...

smacker's picture

Hell. If Bandar's been dead now for over 5 years, there's been a massive complex disinformation campaign going on and still going to cover it up (possibly to save face that he was taken out by the Syrians).

It suggests the new Saudi Bossman MbS is maintaining continuity of lies with his predecessors and not starting his new role as Chief Despot with a clean sheet.

This is getting exciting ;-)

SixIsNinE's picture

hey - maybe Bandar is actually alBagdaddy - which is why he is as elusive as james bond.

and the reason somehow alBagdaddy never actually dies.

or he has been dead all along since 2012 and it is the phantom ghost hologram that the pentagram accesses via Q @ MI-5 HQ in London ?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Don't laugh SIN

You may not be that wrong on that theory at this point.

Living in very desperate times among worst most despotic psychopaths ever created -that much is "FACT"!

Doom and Dust's picture

His name was Saad Hariri.

sauldaddy's picture

OH SHIT! They are torturing Saudi Billionaires. Shit just got real.
Look at this statmenet right HERE!!!!

Bandar no doubt knows where all the skeletons are buried, and this alone makes him a worrisome, volatile and unpredictable figure in the midst of a transfer of power.

Now flash back to the Post by Q on 4 chan. See that statment where the bodies are buried????

Why is this relevant?
What was Flynn's background? 
Why is this relevant?
Why did Adm R (NSA) meet Trump privately w/o auth? 
Does POTUS know where the bodies are buried?
Does POTUS have the goods on most bad actors?
Was TRUMP asked to run for President?


Agent Pineapple Juice PassAnswer: Zippydedoodaa

SixIsNinE's picture

sybil edmonds on AJ infowars yesterday focused on Flynn -  very interesting.

a very good listen.


Joe A's picture

Bush attacks Trump and two weeks later his buddy Bandar gets arrested. MBS is rounding them all up and Trump was probably in the know about this.

mc888's picture

Three flags will fly between the Esk and Dee rivers.

Absu - Highland Tyrant Attack

east of eden's picture

pretty heavy shit. Anything a bit more mellow, with you know, some philosophy in it?

mc888's picture

lyrics are in the comment

east of eden's picture

ok. Got it. 

Davidson, late to the Clan Chattan, but still ready for the fight.

east of eden's picture

CHris de Burgh, Trilogy

Wake up boys, there's a light at the window,
I can hear someone knocking on the door,
There are voices in the street,
And the sound of running feet,
And they whisper the word - "Revolution!"

There are men coming down from the valleys,
There are tall ships lying off the coast,
And they carry the light,
In the dark of the night,
Like a whisper in the wind - "Revolution!"

Bring my gun and a handful of silver,
By the sea we will gather for the fight,
It's been so many years, so many tears,
We have lost once before,
Now we'll settle the score,
When our cannons will roar - "Revolution!"

Watch and wait, get ready for the sign
There are many here among us now who have not seen the light
We must send the word to all the people in the land
Go to every hill and mountain,
For the time is now at hand
To light a fire!
Light a fire!
Light a fire!

Let us march the road up the rocky hill tonight,
Under cover of the darkness
We will slip behind the lines
And we will take the men who have stolen our land,
For the years of domination
Hit them right between the eyes
And light a fire!
Light a fire,
Light a fire,
They will see through the world!


roll away the dawn,
roll away the dawn, and let me see,
the land of the free,
has anything changed at all;
sweet liberty,
sweet liberty is in our hands,
it's part of the plan,
or is it a state of mind?
horses and men,
horses and men are on the field,
they didn't yield,
many have fallen here;
never forget,
never forget what they have done,
the time will come,
when it will change again,
never forget!


east of eden's picture

Un i bawb a phob un ar gyfer un

ultramaroon's picture

It just sounds like a guy vomiting up blood with a cattle prod up his ass. I couldn't understand a word.

Try this on for size.

You Frank said...make sure you pronounce your letters "T". Enunciate.


AntiMatter's picture

Well at least "they" are jailing-torturing some of their "own" (kind).

This might turn the CIA-FBI Deep State against the Saudi's. OKAY< Fuck 'm all!

European American's picture

Can't wait for the quintessential purge takes place...EXPOSING the proverbial elephant in the room...those who have been manipulating and controlling the malleable minds of the masses...the REAL sexual perverts, the REAL Satanists, the Real parasites, the Real money lenders, the Real destroyers of sovereign countries, the scum of the earth...


Able Ape's picture

There's Bush and his wife: Congosleeza Rice...

LadyAtZero's picture

"Congosleeza"   !!!   Uparrow on that one.

GRDguy's picture

Seems more like some ancient pharoahs have re-incarnated and taking control again.

Times change, but sociopathic behavior never does.

east of eden's picture

Good. Now hang the fucker and send the head to the bushes.

RedDwarf's picture

The first thing any new ruler must do is bring the rabid dog that is the secret police firmly under his control.

east of eden's picture

And the first thing 'we' must do is illiminate the rabid dogs.

RedDwarf's picture

Well, as an anarchist I'd like to get rid of the state all together.  I'm just saying that if you have a government with a powerful secret police, any ruler who does not gain control of that will be ruled by it instead.

vegas's picture

Dear Saudi police: While you are rounding up the bad guys, could you please arrest, publicy convict, then hang all FX LP's [liquidity provviders] while you're doing God's work? Just wonderin'

Robert Trip's picture

That cocksucker Bush will always have fond memories of the Prince's tongue.