As the Trump White House continues to balk at suggestions that they should sanction Saudi Arabia after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, new reports show just how disturbing Khashoggi’s final moments were.
According to a source, speaking on the condition of anonymity to CNN, who has read a transcript from the audio tape of the murder, Khashoggi’s final words were “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.
The source also told CNN that the transcript clearly described Khashoggi’s struggle with his murderers and the sound of a bone saw in the background as the Saudis were apparently dismembering Mr. Khashoggi’s body. As the Saudis continued to dismember the body of the journalist, the transcript shows that they were advised to listen to music so that the sound of the torture could be drowned out.
In addition to the sounds of torture and murder, the transcript also made it apparent that multiple calls were being placed to senior figures in Riyadh. Turkish officials believe that these calls were being made to key figures with close ties to the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud.
The office of one US Senator has confirmed the account of this source to CNN, saying that it is “consistent” with the information provided to them at a briefing they had with CIA Director Gina Haspel.
While the White house has not seemed to budge on their backing of the Saudis, the Senate is reportedly preparing to confront the White House and move forward with a vote to halt the involvement of the United States in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.