An audio recording of the final moments of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s life inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month was shared with Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany in addition to the U.S., Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday, according to the Washington Post and other news outlets. The tape is a critical piece of evidence that Turkey says backs up its assertion that Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and a contributor to The Washington Post, was killed by a Saudi hit team almost immediately after he entered the consulate on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia now acknowledges that Khashoggi was killed, but its internal investigation has not implicated leaders including the kingdom’s de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Two Turkish officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the topic, also told the Washington Post that the audio makes clear that Khashoggi suffered a drawn out death. He is choked for around seven minutes before he dies, they said.
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