Three associates of assassinated journalist Khashoggi warned by CIA of threats from Saudi kingdom
Saudi Arabia Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives for the G20 Summit at the International Expo Center in Hangzhou on September 4, 2016 (AFP Photo/Rolex DELA PENA)

Three associates of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been warned by the CIA they also face a threat from Saudi Arabia.

The CIA and foreign security services warned of Khashoggi's friends and colleagues they had made themselves targets of the Saudi royal family for trying to carry on the journalist's work after his murder in October, reported Time.

The magazine identified two of the targets -- Iyad El-Baghdadi of Oslo, Norway, and Omar Abdulaziz of Montreal, Canada -- while a third person, in the U.S., hasn't been publicly identified.

They were reportedly working closely with Khashoggi just before he was lured to the Saudi diplomatic facility in Turkey and brutally murdered.

The CIA has been criticized for failing to warn Khashoggi, a Saudi democracy advocate who lived in the U.S. and wrote for the Washington Post, that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted him detained.

El-Baghdadi has gone into hiding, but none of the three associates have been told they or their families are in physical danger.