Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s last words were “I can’t breathe,” according to a new report.
The Washington Post columnist gasped his plea at least three times before his life was snuffed out by a hit squad inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, a source who read a transcript of his caught-on-tape killing told CNN.
The CIA believes the death was a hit carried out at the behest of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the transcript seems to contradict Saudi officials’ claims that the journalist was slain on accident.
Turkish officials obtained a recording of the incident but have not said how. It was transcribed and translated into English, which CNN’s source read.
The transcript notes “screams” and “gasping” before the sounds of a “saw” and “cutting” as the killers dismembered Khashoggi.
At one point, the head of forensic medicine at Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry, Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, can be heard instructing other members of the hit squad to listen to music to drown out the sickening noises as they butcher Khashoggi.
“Put your earphones in, or listen to music like me,” he says.
Over the course of the recording, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, an intelligence official working for Salman, can be heard coolly describing moment-by-moment progress in several phone calls.
It was not clear who he was speaking to, but Turkish officials say the calls were made to the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
President Trump has decided to stand by Saudi Arabia and bin Salman — who’s pals with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — despite the CIA’s conclusion that bin Salman personally ordered the killing.
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