Watch heard slay­ing?

Turkey: Saudi writer’s mur­der recorded on Ap­ple de­vice


IS­TAN­BUL — Turk­ish of­fi­cials have an au­dio record­ing of the al­leged killing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi from the Ap­ple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul over a week ago, a pro-gov­ern­ment Turk­ish news­pa­per re­ported Satur­day.

The new claim pub­lished by Sabah puts more pres­sure on Saudi Arabia to ex­plain what hap­pened to Khashoggi.

The writer, who has writ­ten crit­i­cally about Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, van­ished af­ter he walked into the con­sulate on Oct. 2.

The king­dom has main­tained the al­le­ga­tions against it are “base­less.”

The dis­ap­pear­ance has put pres­sure on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who has en­joyed close re­la­tions with the Saudis since en­ter­ing of­fice.

On Satur­day, Trump ex­pressed con­cern about Khashoggi’s fate and lack of an­swers, so many days af­ter the jour­nal­ist dis­ap­peared.

“Our first hope was that he was not killed but maybe that’s not look­ing too good from what we hear, but there’s a lot to learn, there re­ally is,” Trump said at the White House.

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered the au­dio from Khashoggi’s iphone and his icloud ac­count, the news­pa­per said.

The jour­nal­ist had given his phones to his fi­ancee be­fore en­ter­ing the con­sulate.

The news­pa­per also al­leged Saudi of­fi­cials tried to delete the record­ings first by in­cor­rectly guess­ing Khashoggi’s PIN on the watch.

An Ap­ple Watch can record au­dio and can sync that later with an iphone over a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion if it’s close by.

The news­pa­per’s ac­count didn’t elab­o­rate on how the Ap­ple Watch synced that in­for­ma­tion to both the phone and Khashoggi’s icloud ac­count.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials say they be­lieve a 15-mem­ber Saudi “as­sas­si­na­tion squad” killed Khashoggi at the con­sulate. They’ve also al­leged that they have video of the slay­ing, but not ex­plained how they have it.

SAL­MAN Saudi leader


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