CNN Report Cites Source Saying Jamal Khashoggi's Last Words Were "I Can't Breathe"

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Jamal Khashoggi

The unnamed source shared gruesome details from a transcript of an audio recording that was said to be of the journalist's final moments.

CNN on Sunday posted graphic and gruesome details from a translated transcript of an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death that was shared by an unnamed source who had been "briefed on the investigation."

The Washington Post columnist was killed Oct. 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. According to CNN's source, his last words were: "I can't breathe. I can't breathe. I can't breathe."

The source said the transcript puts to rest any suggestion that Khashoggi's death was accidental and makes it clear that it was premeditated murder. The source added that the transcript notes the sounds of a saw being used to dismember Khashoggi's body as others present were told to put in earbuds and listen to music to drown out the sound.

"Some of the details in the transcript seen by CNN's source have emerged in previous reports of the recording's content," the story noted. "But this is the fullest account of the transcript that has so far been published."

According to the report, Turkish intelligence sources prepared the original transcript, which was translated to English, the version that CNN's source read.

The report from CNN, with which President Donald Trump has been in a bitter battle since before he took office, puts pressure on the president to re-evaluate his stance on the killing.

Trump has come under fire for his refusal to support a CIA conclusion that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Khashoggi amid his declaration last month that the Saudis a "great ally."