Former Secretary of State, in a new memoir Mike Pompeo We mock the worldwide reaction to the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi dismisses Khashoggi “activist” ― not a journalist.

Media helped spread the word “faux outrage” This incident was reported to the authorities. Pompeo The book was published on Tuesday.

Pompeo Khashoggi, who was then serving under President Donald Trump, was killed by Saudi Arabian agents in Istanbul. The body of Khashoggi had been dismembered in the Saudi Consulate. The columnist had been a well-known critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rule.

To Pompeo, though, the public reaction to Khashoggi’s brazen assassination was excessive.

“He didn’t deserve to die, but we need to be clear about who he was ― and too many in the media were not,” Pompeo Writes in “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love,” according to NBC News.

News media “hammered the story extra hard because Khashoggi was a ‘journalist,’” He said, per the Guardian.

“To be clear, Khashoggi was a journalist to the extent that I and many other public figures are journalists. We sometimes get our writing published, but we also do other things. The media made Khashoggi out to be a Saudi Arabian Bob Woodward who was martyred for bravely criticizing the Saudi royal family through his opinion articles in the Washington Post,” He refers to Watergate’s famous reporter in his writings.

Pompeo says the killing ― which he calls “outrageous, unacceptable, horrific and despicable” ― was not “surprising” He had been a good friend of his. “seen enough of the Middle East to know that this kind of ruthlessness was all too routine in that part of the world.”

He goes on to cast doubt over Khashoggi’s allegiances, citing New York Times reporting About his ties with the Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Osama Bin Laden founder al Qaeda as a young journalist in the Middle East.

Reached for comment by NBC News, Khashoggi’s widow, Hanan Elatr Khashoggi, flatly denied that he had been part of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I confirm it to you,” Sie said.

“Whatever he [Pompeo] mentions about my husband, he doesn’t know my husband. He should be silent and shut up the lies about my husband,” According to her, the outlet was informed. She described Khashoggi’s views as thoughtful and nuanced, and she noted that he always condemned the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Fred Ryan is the editor and chief executive officer of The Washington Post. skewered Pompeo For his description of the columnist who died, calling it “shocking and disappointing” Click here to view the book “so outrageously misrepresent the life and work” Khashoggi.

“His only offense was exposing corruption and oppression among those in power—work that good journalists around the world do every day. Jamal dedicated himself to the values of free speech and a free press and held himself to the highest professional standards. For this devotion, he paid the ultimate price,” Ryan said.

A separate issue is a book critic for the Post said That is what you should read Pompeo’s tome was “like being locked in a room and forced to listen to 20 hours of [Fox News host] Tucker Carlson reruns at top volume.”

Amid Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump sent Pompeo to the Saudi Arabian capital To reaffirm U.S. support of Crown Prince Mohammed, the country and its people.