Transcripts detail Jamal Khashoggi's last words: 'I can't breathe'

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The Washington Post reports that the Biden administration is expected to release as early as this week a U.S. intelligence report concluding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, citing people familiar with the matter.

This animation recounts the journalist's final moments based on transcripts of recordings first reported by CNN and Al Jazeera and later provided by Turkish officials to the UN.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Khashoggi entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul
2. Khashoggi met inside consulate by Maher Mutreb, attacked by Saudi operatives
3. Khashoggi's final words
4. Khashoggi to be dismembered with a saw
5. Mutreb calling Saud Al-Qahtani
6. Saudi crown prince exchanging messages with Al-Qahtani
7. Saudi forensics expert advising operatives to wear earphones during dismemberment
8. Saudi operatives leaving consulate
9. Khashoggi body double

VOICEOVER (in English):

"On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul intending to pick up documents the Washington Post columnist needed to marry his Turkish fiancee."

"Instead, he was met inside by intelligence officer Maher Mutreb, who says, 'You are coming back', according to a CNN source who said they had read the full translated transcript of an audio recording of the journalist's final moments."

"Members of the hit squad are then believed to have set upon Khashoggi."

"The original transcript of the audio was prepared by Turkish intelligence services, CNN's source said."

"The head of investigations at the Turkish Sabah told Al Jazeera that Khashoggi was suffocated by a plastic bag over his head. His last words were 'I can't breathe.'"

"The transcript continues with Khashoggi still alive, and notes the sound of screaming, gasping, and a saw presumably dismembering the journalist's body."

"While the moment Khashoggi dies isn't specified, Mutreb reportedly made three phone calls during the scene."

"He is believed to be talking to Saud Al-Qahtani when he says "Tell yours, the thing is done."

"'Yours' refers to a superior or boss.

"In this case Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who was found to have exchanged 11 messages with Qahtani around the time Khashoggi was killed."

"A voice identified in the transcript as Saudi forensics expert Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqy is also noted as advising members of the group to put on earphones or listen to music during the dismemberment."

"Turkish surveillance video captured Mutreb, Tubaiqy and 13 other Saudi operatives departing the consulate around 4 p.m., according to CNN reports."

"A body double wearing a fake beard and the deceased Khashoggi's clothes was also seen leaving by the back door, reportedly as part of a cover-up."

SOURCES: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Washington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24713&LangID=E
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/khashoggi-intelligence-release-mbs-ordered-killing/2021/02/18/d46ee2c6-71e1-11eb-85fa-e0ccb3660358_story.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/09/middleeast/jamal-khashoggi-last-words-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/19/consulate-recordings-reveal-saudi-plan-for-jamal-khashoggi
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/suffocating-khashoggi-words-turkish-reporter-181111085534099.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/9/8/complete-mockery-saudi-arabia-condemned-over-khashoggi-ruling