- The Washington Times - Monday, December 10, 2018

The transcript of an audio recording capturing Jamal Khashoggi’s last moments included the sounds of a saw and his screams, CNN reported.

According to a source who read the transcript, Mr. Khashoggi quickly recognized someone inside the Saudi consulate where he was last seen alive on October 3. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former diplomat and intelligence agent, is then heard telling him he must “go back.”

“You can’t do that,” Mr. Khashoggi reportedly said, “People are waiting outside.

The source explained that was the end of the conversation, but the recording wasn’t over.

“I can’t breathe,” were his last words on the transcript.

The recording continued to capture screams and gasps from the captured writer. At one point it noted — with descriptions like “saw” and “cutting” the sounds of Mr. Khashoggi being dismembered.

Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, a forensic doctor from Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry, was also reportedly inside the consulate. He is heard telling others in the room what to do to make it through the slaying.

“Put your earphones in, or listen to music like me,” he said.

The source told CNN Mr. Mutreb made three calls — one of which was to inform someone “the thing is done” — and they all seemed to include detailed updates of the situation.

The transcript did not include any sign of what the Saudis claimed happened — that the journalist was drugged or got into a fight with the agents.

While the White House has resisted taking action against Saudi Arabia, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called for a strong U.S. response to the killing after being briefed by CIA Director Gina Haspel last week.

“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” Sen. Graham told reporters.

• Gabriella Muñoz can be reached at gmunoz@washingtontimes.com.

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