‘I can’t breathe.’ Jamal Khashoggi’s

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Jamal Khashoggi’s last words disclosed in transcript Source says

By Nic Robertson, CNN  Sun December 9, 2018

(CNN)”I can’t breathe.” These were the final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon by a Saudi hit squad at the country’s consulate in Istanbul, according to a source briefed on the investigation into the killing of the Washington Post columnist.The source, who has read a translated transcript of an audio recording of Khashoggi’s painful last moments, said it was clear that the killing on October 2 was no botched rendition attempt, but the execution of a premeditated plan to murder the journalist.During the course of the gruesome scene, the source describes Khashoggi struggling against a group of people determined to kill him.”I can’t breathe,” Khashoggi says.”I can’t breathe.””I can’t breathe.”The transcript notes the sounds of Khashoggi’s body being dismembered by a saw, as the alleged perpetrators are advised to listen to music to block out the sound.And, according to the source, the transcript suggests that a series of phone calls are made, briefing them on progress. Turkish officials believe the calls were made to senior figures in Riyadh.Some of the details in the transcript seen by CNN’s source have emerged in previous reports of the recording’s content. But this is the fullest account of the transcript that has so far been published.

Jamal Khashoggi’s private WhatsApp messages may offer new clues to killingIt is likely to increase pressure on the Trump administration, which has been determined to separate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the murder, and sought to frame the issue as a binary choice between supporting or cutting off a key partner in the Middle East. US President Donald Trump has been at odds with the CIA, which, sources say, has concluded bin Salman personally ordered the killing.The revelations also threaten to undermine a key plank of an initial Saudi explanation for Khashoggi’s death, that it was a rogue operation that went horribly wrong.

The original transcript of the audio was prepared by Turkish intelligence services. Turkish officials have never said how they obtained the audio. The transcript would have been translated before it was shared with other intelligence services; CNN’s source read a translated version and has been briefed on the investigation.

The office of one US senator, who has received a briefing on the investigation by CIA Director Gina Haspel, told CNN that the source’s recollections of the transcript are “consistent” with that briefing.CNN asked Saudi officials to comment on the contents of the transcript as described by the source, and to provide comment from those named in it.

A Saudi official said: “The relevant Saudi security officials have reviewed the transcript and tape materials through Turkish security channels and nowhere in them is there any reference or indication of a call being made.””If there is additional information Turkish authorities have that we are unaware of, we would welcome it being officially handed over to us for review, which we have requested numerous times and are still requesting. And, up until now; we have not received anything.” The official did not address the transcript’s characterization of the scene inside the Saudi consulate, nor Khashoggi’s last words.

A security camera image shows Khashoggi entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

A security camera image shows Khashoggi entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

‘You are coming back’

The transcript begins at the moment Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in a quiet residential district of Istanbul at lunchtime on October 2.Khashoggi thought he had made a routine appointment to pick up papers that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. But, according to the source, it dawns upon Khashoggi almost immediately that things are not going to plan, when he recognizes one of the men who meets him.

He asks the man what he is doing there.According to CNN’s source, a voice identified in the transcript as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former Saudi diplomat and intelligence official working for bin Salman, and known to Khashoggi from their time together at the Saudi Embassy in London, addresses him.”You are coming back,” the man says.”You can’t do that,” Khashoggi replies. “People are waiting outside.”(Khashoggi’s fiancée accompanied him as far as the consulate, with instructions to call associates if he did not emerge.)

Without any further dialogue, according to the source, the transcript indicates that several people set upon Khashoggi. Noises follow, and very quickly Khashoggi is fighting for air.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The slow-motion disaster of Trump’s Khashoggi strategy In one version of the evolving explanations for his death, Saudi officials suggested Khashoggi was accidentally choked. But according to the transcript, CNN’s source says, the journalist’s voice can be heard above the noise, repeatedly claiming he could not breathe.Despite his desperate pleas, the last discernible words the transcript records for Khashoggi are:”I can’t breathe.”The transcript notes more noises, and several more voices.One of those voices is identified on the transcript by Turkish authorities as belonging to Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, the head of forensic medicine at Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry, the source says.

Aside from Khashoggi and Mutreb, he is the only other voice identified by name on the transcript.As the transcript continues, it is clear Khashoggi is not yet dead.The transcript notes the noises that can be heard on the tape, almost in the manner that subtitles describe moments in movies where there is no dialogue.”Scream.””Scream.””Gasping.”Then, the transcript notes other descriptions.”Saw.””Cutting.”

Tubaiqi is noted giving some advice to other people in the room, apparently to help them deal with the appalling task.”Put your earphones in, or listen to music like me.”During the scene, the transcript notes at least three phone calls placed by Mutreb.

The transcript does not specify the moment Khashoggi dies.According to the source, the transcript suggests Mutreb is updating someone, whom Turkish officials say was in Riyadh, with almost step-by-step details of what is taking place.”Tell yours, the thing is done, it’s done.”The word “yours” is taken by CNN’s source to refer to a superior, or boss.

The transcript has been circulated to key Turkish and Saudi allies, including those in Europe, but only the United States and Saudi Arabia have received the recording itself, the source believes. The working assumption among those allies is that Mutreb was talking to Saud al-Qahtani, bin Salman’s closest aide, the source said. Saudi officials say al-Qahtani has been removed from his former position as media chief to the crown prince.The transcript only records Mutreb’s side of the conversation. Without a recording of that call, or more details of which number was called, further conclusions based on the transcript alone cannot be made.

A portrait of Jamal Khashoggi during a remembrance ceremony for him in Washington on November 2.

A portrait of Jamal Khashoggi during a remembrance ceremony for him in Washington on November 2. A source close to the Saudi investigation into Khashoggi’s killing told CNN that Mutreb and Tubaiqi deny making any phone calls.CNN has previously reported how Mutreb, Tubaiqi and 13 other Saudis arrived in Istanbul by private charter jets and commercial aircraft on the day of and the days leading up to Khashoggi’s murder.Turkish surveillance video records the 15-man hit team arriving at the consulate shortly before Khashoggi, and departing a few hours later.

A body double of Khashoggi dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes is seen on CCTV leaving by the back door. It is clear from the transcript of the phone conversation that the calls do not describe a terrible situation gone awry, or explain an unexpected set of circumstances, the source says. Instead, the caller appears simply to be informing someone of what is going on. Hardly, the source says, the actions of a panicked ringleader, but more the description of a situation going entirely according to plan.

The transcript is relatively short, given the time span it describes, the source told CNN. There is not much dialogue; certainly no hint of a conversation about why Khashoggi should go “back,” and no suggestion either, as advanced at one point by Saudi officials, that he had been drugged by the hit team. There is nothing in this transcript that the source could describe as a “smoking gun” — a snippet of conversation or phone call that directly ties bin Salman to the so-called hit team, and to Khashoggi’s murder.

Graham on Khashoggi: Crown Prince ‘complicit’ 02:00But the lasting conclusion the source drew from the transcript is that Khashoggi’s killing was a planned assassination by an organized team that carried out its job with ruthless efficiency, keeping someone in Riyadh informed at each step.While the transcript provides no smoking gun directly tying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing, it seems to echo Sen. Lindsey Graham’s sentiments after hearing the CIA’s assessment of Khashoggi’s killing.

Graham, who was among a group of senators to receive a classified briefing on the Khashoggi case, said earlier this week that he agreed with the conclusions of the US security services that bin Salman was implicated in the case.”There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” he said.

Source: CNN.


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WWE Greatest Royal Rumble 2018 results, live updates, highlights, matches, card

Entertainment, News, sports
Will Roman Reigns upend Brock Lesnar and win the WWE Universal Championship? Who will fly out of Saudi Arabia as the inaugural Greatest Royal Rumble winner?
(Credit: WWE, Inc.)
 The 12 p.m. start time makes for an afternoon delight of violence, highlighted by yet another Roman Reigns-Brock Lesnar showdown for the WWE Universal Championship, this time inside of a Steel Cage. Many believe that this time — yes, actually — Reigns will walk away with the strap, ending the years-long feud.

While the Universal Championship is on the line, there’s no end to the amount of straps that could change waists: every major men’s title from both the red and blue brands are on the line, which means we’ll likely see a few popular titles change hands.

MORE: Getting a grip — Why you should be paying attention to the Greatest Royal Rumble

Absent from Friday’s event are the women: given the social and cultural climate of Saudi Arabia, the WWE women’s wrestling revolution won’t be dazzling crowds in the Milddle East — a huge blow to the overall product.

In any case, it’s a surprisingly big show just a few weeks after WrestleMania and just nine days prior to WWE Backlash, which could shake up the landscape for the main product for months to come.

(All times Eastern.)

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble 2018 results

Seth Rollins (c) defeats Samoa Joe, The Miz, Finn Balor, Ladder Match to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship

2:02 p.m. FINISH: Finn Balor knocks Samoa Joe off the ladder and climbs. Seth Rollins springboards onto the ladder and scales it, ripping the title away from Balor at the last second. Cool finish to the match.

1:58 p.m.: Miz moving along, now. Just became MizTV in the middle of the ring.

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With a ladder in hand, @mikethemiz is even more…AWESOME!

1:56 p.m.: Samoa Joe keeps moving along.

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No ladder needed for @SamoaJoe to inflict SERIOUS damage.

1:52 p.m.: Rollins and Balor jockeying for position on the ladder. Back and forth they go.

1:51 p.m.: Miz and Rollins form a temporary alliance to stop Joe’s momentum. Pace is slowing down now.

1:45 p.m.: This should be the match of the night.

The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos for the WWE “SmackDown” Tag Team Championships

1:37 p.m. FINISH: After some Usos offense, Rowan hits a big corner splash on Jimmy Uso, and they hit the Full Nelson/Power Bomb combo for the 3-count. Disappointingly short match.

1:36 p.m.: Near fall, as Harper kicks out of an Uso Splash. Looks like the Bludgeon Brothers are gonna pull this one out.

1:33 p.m.: So far it’s the Erick Rowan show, as he’s dominating Jey Uso. Jimmy finally gets a tag in.

1:30 p.m.: And after some video packages and backstage segments, we’re back to the action. “SmackDown” Tag Titles up next.


1:24 p.m.: Everyone’s making the list! Jericho is backstage and just put backstage reporter Mike Rome on the list. Well, that’s rude.

1:19 p.m.: Well, apparently we are in an intermission right now. So, grab some water or whatever. Stay hydrated.

Jeff Hardy (c) defeats Jinder Mahal to retain the United States Championship

1:14 p.m. FINISH: Really benign finish, as Hardy hits a Twist of Fate and then a Swanton Bomb for the 3-count. Not the best.

1:13 p.m.: Big blown spot, as Hardy goes for the Whisper in the Wind and nobody is home. Then Mahal bumped. Really odd.

1:08 p.m.: Here we go. I expect Jinder to pick up the win here. He will not be hindered.

Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt defeat The Bar to win the WWE “RAW” Tag Team Championships

1:02 p.m. FINISH: After some weird spots and sloppy pacing, Bray Wyatt nails Sheamus with a Sister Abigail. Soon after, Hardy and Wyatt team for an Elevated Twist of Fate for the 3-count. Surprising.

1:01 p.m.: Crowd is a bit out of it. Some sloppy spots and weird pacing.

12:52 p.m.: I’m such a big fan of The Bar. They are fantastic together. Sheamus really gained a lot from this team, and Cesaro is one of the best on the roster.

12:49 p.m.: Lots of “fireflies” in Jeddah as Wyatt and Hardy make their way to the ring. Still the best entrance in WWE, I feel.

Cedric Alexander (c) defeats Kalisto to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

12:46 p.m. FINISH: Kalisto attempts the Salida del Sol and Cedric Alexander counters it into a Lumbar Check for the 3-count. That was a really fun match. 

12:45 p.m.: Kalisto just hit Cedric Alexander with a seated springboard Spanish Fly. Innovative, if nothing else.

12:40 p.m.: Alexander hits a massive, massive dropkick on Kalisto that snapped his head back. Brutal.

12:38 p.m.: Kalisto trying to get the crowd into “LUCHA LUCHA LUCHA” but it’s not happening, not quite yet. Good back-and-forth action so far. Alexander with his swan-dive plancha, and connects.

12:34 p.m.: Next up, Cruiserweight action!



LUCHA! LUCHA! LUCHA!@KalistoWWE is poised to capture the @WWE Championship in Saudi Arabia!

12:33 p.m.: That was a good match to start the show, a real crowd pleaser. Well, everything will be a crowd pleaser tonight.

John Cena defeats Triple H via pinfall

12:29 p.m. FINISH: Cena hits an Attitude Adjustment, slingshots Triple H into the corner, then hits another AA for the 3-count. Good match to start the show.



Another AA means 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣ as @JohnCena picks up the victory over @TripleH to kick off @WWE Greatest Royal Rumble!

12:27 p.m.: Cena and Triple H trade finishers and both kick out at 2, nearly 3.

12:25 p.m.: Close, but no cigar.

12:18 p.m.: Back-and-forth tests of power so far in this match. Triple H currently controlling the bout.

12:13 p.m.: Triple H has a magnificent beard.

12:11 p.m.: It’s pretty odd to hear John Cena unanimously cheered. That hasn’t happened in 15 years.

12:07 p.m.: We start the show with Triple H vs. John Cena. Slightly surprising.

12:06 p.m.: We got pyro! We got pyro! That’s how you know this truly is the Greatest Royal Rumble.

12:01 p.m.: We start the show with the Saudi National Anthem.

11:58 a.m.: Just minutes away from start time. Here we go…

11:48 a.m.: Paul Heyman cutting a promo on the panel.

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The advocate for @BrockLesnar, @HeymanHustle, has crashed the panel on @WWE Greatest Royal Rumble Kickoff LIVE on @WWENetwork!

11:30 a.m.: Jim Ross joins the panel as the area continues to fill.

11:15 a.m.: I guess the winner gets … a trophy?



PLUS: The 50-MAN Greatest Royal Rumble Match will take place! WHO will make history by winning it all?

11:00 a.m.: We’re an hour away from the official start of the Greatest Royal Rumble. Right now, Byron Saxton, Jerry Lawler and Booker T. on the kickoff show. I miss Renee Young already.

10:45 a.m.: Hello, and welcome to SN’s live coverage of the Greatest Royal Rumble. While you’re waiting for opening bell, check out Kevin Eck’s latest piece here.

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble 2018 matches, card

— 50-man Royal Rumble match

— Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Roman Reigns in a Cage Match for the WWE Universal Championship

— Seth Rollins (c) vs. Finn Balor vs. The Miz vs. Samoa Joe in a Ladder Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

— The Undertaker vs. Rusev in a Casket Match

— Cesaro and Sheamus vs. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt for the vacant “RAW” Tag Team Championship

— The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The Usos for the “SmackDown” Tag Team Championship

— John Cena vs. Triple H

— AJ Styles (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship

— Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Jinder Mahal for the WWE United States Championship

— Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Kalisto for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble 2018 predictions

— Roman Reigns finally wins the Universal Championship as fans around the world cry.

— The Miz climbs the ladder and brings the Intercontinental Championship over to “SmackDown.”

— The Undertaker buries Rusev. Literally and allegorically.

— The Usos win back their tag titles.

— John Cena puts away Triple H.

— Cesaro and Sheamus win the tag titles again, as Hardy and Wyatt feud again.

— AJ Styles retains the WWE Championship.

— Jinder Mahal brings the U.S. Title over to “RAW.”

— Cedric Alexander defeats Kalisto in the most fun match of the night

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