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

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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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richatstructure's picture

I'll say one thing for The Shrub... the guy could smooch.

GoyimUprising's picture

I heard Al-Alweed whatever owns the 4 Seasons in Mandalay Bay or rents it out or something. Saudi billionaires connected to the Vegas shooting?  Oh wait, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan the gun runner must have been meeting up with CIA gunrunner Stephen Paddock at the Mandalay Bay.  Something went wrong and now the Jews and Saudis are having coups and going to war!!!  Who is in control?  Nobody. 

rwmctrofholz's picture

Saw that too.  A helipad on top of the casino/hotel would explain how the arsenal got inside.

TheLastTrump's picture


Westcoastliberal's picture

Good news about Bandar "Bush" being on the hot seat. Too bad his buddy "W" isn't there with him.

Don Watcher's picture

Impressive Mr. Trump.

That @sshole Bandar had it a long time coming.

It appears some sort of swamp draining is happening after all.

Good job NSA white hats...keep it up fellas...still much more to do.


(Who woulda thunk that the Cabal power base could be attacked from both Hollywood to Saudi Arabia.....I guess y'all did.)


Don Watcher's picture

Impressive Mr. Trump.

It appears some sort of swamp draining is happening after all.

Good job NSA white hats...keep it up fellas...still much more to do.  I suppose the Utah data center worked really well.


(Who woulda thunk that the Cabal power base could be attacked from both Hollywood to Saudi Arabia.....I guess y'all did.)


TheLastTrump's picture



You fuckers.


Free him or admit complicity in a coverup GOD DAMMIT.

Anarchyteez's picture

Who’s the prick that downvoted you two?

Show your face fuckwad!

rwmctrofholz's picture

Holy cow.  You put a chair out by the curb with a sign reading 'free' on it one night, it's gone in the morning, and you think you'll never see it again. 


Sure as shit it ends up in George Bush's den.

pissantra's picture

Early campaign interview - Trump to Alex Jones: "If I get elected, you will find out who did 9/11..."

ChaoKrungThep's picture

We've known who did 9/11 for years. Everyone outside the US knows. Jeez...

Lucky Leprachaun's picture

A ten year-old child could work out that Mossad and the American Deep State did 9/11.

Atomizer's picture

Settle down. More to come. Don't get worked up on one subject. We work in mysterious ways to drain the swamp. Winks 

pawn's picture

Post it on the 4head call me stupid

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ZH crashes every 50 seconds due to mal.

PH = uninterrupted entertainment.

But I keep co(u)ming.

Erwin643's picture

You don't jerk to Roger Moore, do you?

ChaoKrungThep's picture

You've got a lousy ISP. ZH never crashes over here in Asia. But we have better, faster connections than US.

White Devil's picture

For most of the 1970s I had to walk to school. On the way to school was a junk yard with a bunch of shitty dogs that guarded it. They would run around and go ape-shit crazy when I walked by. Eventually, one morning, one of these wild dogs with huge dangling nads got loose and bit my leg and hands. I had to go to the hospital and get stitches as well as a series of shots.
Then for Christmas in 1978 I got a pump b b gun. The following spring and summer I would shoot that fucking dog in its nuts on an almost daily basis. It never even looked at me wrong, let alone barked or bit me again.
The lesson of the story is if you have big balls don’t be a dick about it, because comeuppance is a mutherfucker disguised as a vengeful boy with a b b gun shooting your nuts over and over again.

ChaoKrungThep's picture

You've just exposed Trump's problem. All bark and no balls. The Asians are laughing at this sorry pooch. 

ebear's picture

"For most of the 1970s I had to walk to school."

You lucky bastard! We had to crawl to school on our hands and knees!

TheWrench's picture

Ha! That's nothing. We had to go elbows and toes over broken glass. Both ways, bichez!

Farmer Joe in Brooklyn's picture

The Ruger air rifle I have now would probably take a nut clean off with the right shot.

Hollow point traveling at close to 1000ft per second. Certainly nothing like the old multiple pump bb gun from my childhood.

Bill of Rights's picture

This is some serious shit...heads are rolling .

Avichi's picture

Connect the DOTS- Why are so many REPUGLICANT/RINO Senators and Congressman are "RETIRNG" start connecting the DOTS..... #TRUMP is on the way to clean up the John NovaCain and his PAL Lindsey GayRAHM SWAMP creatures, Keep an eye on the "TAX BILL" by the REPUGLICANTS- its a setup.

VideoEng_NC's picture

Yep, every time you hear a cry out...there's your problem.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Many were arrested.


A few were beaten or killed.


All were taxed or asset seized.


Does that sound like the USA or SA?


Are we getting there?

Erwin643's picture

Only if we become fat, half-bald little perverts who jerk off to the thought of having sex with Roger Moore. 

bluskyes's picture

Sure, buddy can casually buy a village in england, but its 2 pieces of id and lots of questio s and papers if i drop 10k in the bank.

VideoEng_NC's picture

Damn the Chinese & their "interesting times", where's my hammock & babbling brooks...

Victory_Garden's picture



Rumors of woar.

Like a thief in the night…

Oh lets to do?

Next in the long line of distractions from the return of the Lord...hummm...oh yeah!

WORLD WOAR!!! Oooooooooo...that is sooooo...SPOOKY:>

Dollar going down so what to do?

Push the flunky monkey nuttsbutton...make isreal the diddly doo nuttyyahoo to distract from your indictment for real crimes against isreal.

Doesn't “Israel” mean, The People? Mmm...nver mind.

WOAR>>>WOAR>>>WOAR!!!(rottenchid: that otta scare those sheeples)

Have the banksters order the ziopuppet stooges to start moar woar. MOAR PURPLE HIPPIE TIES AND DRESSES!!!

Yaaaaaaaa!!!! Says the evil mic who profits from moar woar...chaos...anti-goodness…killing innocents.

Keep the nations distracted...cause a false flag event to start the US aggression towards say, SA enemies. All as well planed and executed by the al-CIA-duh mercs. Stooges.

A new moon attack...

Who knew?


Have those rottenchild owned al-CIA-duh Yemeni Houthis puppet enemies of SA do a false flag event to anger the puppets of isreal in the us criminal congrass to further puppet mcinsane’s moar woar agenda as spoken about on the AJ show the other day?

Hummm...the good newz is...everybody knows who and what is all involved. It is evil...the evil of the money-god and those who profit from moar woar…rottenchild’s patsy pigly-puppet bark bark arf arf nation...isreal. The world epidemy of, stooges. Worse than giving pyro-kid a box of Ohio Blue Tips. Yer gonna get, what you get.

And who, indeed? Rothschild al-CIA-duhhh ziopuppets in us, sa, britin, and isreal. Farkin ziopuppet stooges everywhere. Always ask, WHAT IS ISREAL DOING NOW? New answer: what ever the rottenchild puppet stooge slave masters command them to do.

What is remarkable is the fact that so many people know this horrible bowling ball pin set up to further the evil of the never ending agenda driven state sponsored world terror. The babylonian woarmongering is seemingly allowed, maybe even wanted by the mass-mind who have gravely mistaken in thinking this is something that should happen, as opposed to knowing that if moar woar is the choice of the many, then it is also realized that the certain demise of the entire world will ensue and be forever changed in ways that will make habitation of all biological species totally impossible. Even those who think that going underground to avoid such an environmental breakdown where it was once conducive to life, will be touched by the unknown evil they seek to unleash. Do the blabber mouth pig-shat spewing mass media liars and scuzzy faced deceiver fake news puppet propagandists realize they and theirs too shall perish by the evil words they hype to degrade the entire world culture? If you create will eventually succumb you. If you create goodness and will become you. If it is not Love...what is it?

Long story woar is NOT healthy for children...nor the planet.

Script change. Who wrote this world matrix story...anyways?

Choose certain world death. It is possible for all to be happy, and completely content. Easy peasy. Good-n-Plenty to go around. Only evil greed and material ga-ga keeps the entire world’s population from realizing this factual truth. Abundance is not a river in Egypt...and life does not begin in Megiddo.

Be the Love you are and is a true expression of God. prosperity.

Pinot-Noir's picture

Poetry...couldn't have said it better myself.

Wild E Coyote's picture

I now understand why Bush was very angry with Trump recently. 

Wake up Trump septics.. (I know it should be sceptics). 

Trump is kicking ass all around the world. This is what America stands for. 

Trump talk and more talk about war. But he is steadily doing what has to be done for MAGA. 

Let the man work. stop your whining about Trump. 

ChaoKrungThep's picture

What is Trump doing, except acting the crass clown? He's despised, ridiculed and treated like the idiot in the attic. We laugh at him and pity the wretched Americans who must suffer.

bunnyswanson's picture

Is that you, Justin? -

APEC summit 2017 Vietnam. Family photo. President Trump Participates in a family photo Intercontine
LA_Goldbug's picture

He's no worst than the turd Obomber or Bush I Can Fly Junior.

Solomonpal's picture

He gets red carpet asswipe. It's you pussy hat brigades that scream at the sky.

xzandrax's picture

Can you you imagen if that happened in Syria? Or Iran? Or Russia? Or China? The whole "democratic community" would have scream like bitches "oh, you bloody undemocratic tyrant, stop you dictatorship". But no, because Saudi Arabia is an official US cockholder it's just "the fight against the corruption, it's a reform".

LA_Goldbug's picture

That's why we all know on ZH that the louder that MSM in West screams, the more bullshit is in the issue it is screaming about. An easy method to read between the lines of BS News from BBC, CNN or FOX.

Panic Mode's picture

BBC news on John Lewis annual Xmas commercial, it's like a fucking annual phenomenon. It's just a fucking commercial FFS, like I give a fucking fuck.

Crazy Or Not's picture

BBC's a joke. 3rd Item on Saudi "How I designed the Hajib Emoji" - MSM seems good with this.
Israel's plans for the region were consolidated back in the 1980's

They're happy to collude wherever to start tipping dominos

KrugerrandFan's picture

It's great to see these fucking savages turn on each other. 

Golden Showers's picture

As much as I hate to say it; if only the USA could do half of the house cleaning that Saudi Arabia is doing, well... I don't want to hear no more shit about Trump being this or that. Straight up.

I think mbs just made Duterte look like an indoor cat and Trump look like a paragon of civility.

Remember that bullshit about 9/11 and those Saudi Arabian Hijackers? Well I hope they take the Bush family to the woodshed along with Bandar the Fag.

Nah... It's probably just debreifing for Moussad.

I don't believe this horse shit. Honestly. This is one major event that I don't buy.

I hope I'm wrong. I would love it. But this is what you call a side show.

Now that Syria is all straightened out, there's some pissed off people in upper management that are putting some inbred faggots nutz in a vice but it beats communism. Or does it?

Ain't no fucking way Bandar gonna hang. This is a shit show. It's a wahabi glory hole. I'm not touching this bullshit.

Nuke Israel. Then let's take a day off.


Davidduke2000's picture

actually it was not a house cleaning as much as consolidation of power, the idea that they are all in 5 stars hotels suggest that Mahmoud bin salman the son of the king wants the throne yet it is not his turn based on the family's tradition and because he wast the throne forcibly he arrested all these people to have their forced support and steal their money, if they resist, they would be send to a real jail with the commoners  and possibly executed.

Plans are drawn up unilaterally by the prince with israel to destroy Lebanon with the promise of half Lebanon will go to israel, the other half will become a saudi military base. of course the crazy prince and the crazy netanyahu who is now under indictment are dreaming as even Alexander the great was not able to conquer Lebanon.