Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, was murdered in extremely horrifying fashion, according to the independent, London-based news outlet Middle East Eye, which published a report on Tuesday based on what the site said was information from a source who had listened to an audio recording of the murder.
Khashoggi, age 60, was a frequent and outspoken critic of the Saudi regime.
Earlier on Tuesday, as the Inquisitr reported, a Turkish official said that Khashoggi’s body was cut into pieces by his killers — believed to be agents of the Saudi government — following his death.
The Saudi agents were sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi and kidnap him back to Saudi Arabia, according to a CNN report based on information from a Turkish source, who said that the reporter was killed when the interrogation went somehow terribly wrong.
But the report by Middle East Eye contradicts key details in the CNN report. According to MEE, which is edited by former veteran Guardian foreign affairs correspondent David Hearst, the Saudi agents never planned to “interrogate” Khashoggi but instead were under orders specifically to kill the journalist — an assignment they carried out in grisly and sadistic fashion, in a torture-murder that took a full seven minutes to complete. The grotesque mutilation of Khashoggi began while he was still alive, and his screams were heard by a witness downstairs in the consulate, ending only when the Saudi killers injected Khashoggi “with an as yet unknown substance,” MEE reported.