Turkish Officials Say They Have Audio and Video That Document Jamal Khashoggi’s Grisly End at Saudi Consulate

According to a new report published by the Washington Post Thursday evening, Turkish officials have told U.S. officials that they have audio and video recordings documenting journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s grisly end after entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the consulate to get wedding paperwork. Turkish officials have previously said that Khashoggi was murdered after he went inside. According to WaPo, the tapes reveal that Khashoggi was beaten, interrogated and killed after entering the consulate on Oct. 2. His body was then dismembered.
The audio recording in particular provides some of the most persuasive and gruesome evidence that the Saudi team is responsible for Khashoggi’s death, the officials said. “The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,” said one person with knowledge of the recording who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity discuss highly sensitive intelligence. “You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic,” this person said. “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.” A second person briefed on the recording said men could be heard beating Khashoggi.

Earlier today, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said during a tense exchange with reporters that the State Department would welcome a “thorough” investigation. [image via screengrab]

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