Why Won’t Turkey Release the Khashoggi Tapes?

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If Turkish officials really have the grisly recordings, they must share them—and soon.

  • Graeme Wood
  • The Atlantic

The soundtrack to Jamal Khashoggi’s beating, vivisection, and murder lasts just seven minutes, according to Turkish officials who spoke anonymously to several outlets yesterday.

Turkish forensic officials arrive to the residence of Saudi Arabia's Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi in Istanbul, Turkey October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC175A88B2B0

By the end of the recording, the screams have subsided, and Khashoggi is dead, although his alleged killer—a Saudi doctor named Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy—must have continued sawing away at his limbs for some time after.

(It takes about two minutes to saw through a human femur with a manual bone saw, and…

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