'I can't breathe' - audio transcript into Khashoggi killing revealed

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CNN Reports Transcript of Gruesome Khashoggi Murder, Including His Last Words: ‘I Can’t Breathe’

11 December, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi's last words were the same as those uttered by New York City man Eric Garner after police put him in a fatal chokehold, according to CNN, which cites a source who has seen a translated transcript of the journalist's last moments in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate.

Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton had called bin Salman almost a week after Khashoggi went missing from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and amid an investigation into the journalist's disappearance, CNN reported in October.

The CNN source said there is no "smoking gun" in the transcript tying any of the conversations to the crown prince.

Turkish officials obtained a recording of the incident but have not said how. Making some of their strongest accusations so far, both US Republicans and Democrats said last week they want to pass legislation to send a message to Saudi Arabia that the United States condemns the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist. Turkish officials have said that these phone calls were made to senior figures in Riyadh responsible for ordering the murder.

According to the CNN source, the transcript also noted a series of calls made to someone in Riyadh providing updates on the situation.

"I can't breathe. I can't breathe", Khashoggi is heard repeating in the audio, according to the source.

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The transcript of the gruesome recording includes descriptions of Khashoggi struggling against his murderers, CNN said, and references sounds of the dissident journalist's body "being dismembered by a saw".

Saudi Arabia has refused to extradite two suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Turkey's chief prosecutor filed warrants for their arrest. "We have not received it in the manner that it should have been received".

Asiri often sat in during Prince Mohammed's closed-door meetings with foreign dignitaries and Qahtani was a key counsellor.

As the murder of the Saudi journalist set off a media firestorm and American intelligence agencies concluded that it was ordered by MBS, Kushner became the prince's primary defender inside the White House, people familiar with its internal deliberations told the Times.

Khashoggi's murder has shoved a wedge between Congress and the White House.

Kushner's support for Prince Mohammed in the moment of crisis is a striking demonstration of a singular bond that has helped draw president Trump into an embrace of Saudi Arabia as one of his most important worldwide allies.

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