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.
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