CNN Reports Transcript of Gruesome Khashoggi Murder, Including His Last Words: ‘I Can’t Breathe’
On Sunday, CNN reported grisly details from the transcript from the Jamal Khashoggi murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Their account of the Washington Post journalist’s final moments is harrowing.
It also makes it clear it was no mere accidental death.
According to CNN’s source — who recounted Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi’s hands from the transcript — the death was hardly incidental to a rogue act gone wrong. Instead, it was a premeditated plan to not only kill a man but murder him in a gruesome fashion.
At one point, Khashoggi is heard saying “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”
Those are the last words Khashoggi ever said.
After that, there are only the sounds of Khashoggi’s screams and a saw as well as a voice identified as belonging to Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, the head of forensic medicine at Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry telling the others to put on earbuds to drown out the sounds of butchering a man alive.
There is also an indication that phone calls were made — possibly to Riyadh — to report on the process of the murder scene.
According to CNN, Saudi officials do not deny the calls were made to Riyadh but instead deny calls were made at all in the tape.
“The relevant Saudi security officials have reviewed the transcript and tape materials through Turkish security channels and nowhere in them is there any reference or indication of a call being made,” the official told CNN.
The transcript further undermines the Saudi’s claims that it was simply a rogue operation gone wrong and adds fuel to the bipartisan Senate effort to call for a rebuke of the Saudi Crown Prince.
Watch more about the transcript revelations above, via CNN
Read CNN’s full report here.
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