Miss­ing Saudi jour­nal­ist's Ap­ple watch may have trans­mit­ted death ev­i­dence

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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 the Sabah news­pa­per, through which Turk­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cials have leaked much in­for­ma­tion about the case, didn't im­me­di­ately ex­plain how of­fi­cials there also re­port­edly have video of Khashoggi's al­leged slay­ing. How­ever, it puts more pres­sure on Saudi Ara­bia to ex­plain what hap­pened to Khashoggi, who has writ­ten crit­i­cally about Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, af­ter he walked into the con­sulate Oc­to­ber 2.

The king­dom has main­tained the al­le­ga­tions against it are "base­less," though an of­fi­cial early Satur­day ac­knowl­edged for the first time some be­lieve Khashoggi was killed by the king­dom.

Au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered the au­dio from Khashoggi's iPhone and his iCloud ac­count, the news­pa­per said. The jour­nal­ist had given his phones to his fi­ancée 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, then later us­ing the jour­nal­ist's fin­ger. How­ever, Ap­ple Watches do not have a fin­ger­print ID un­lock func­tion like iPhones. The news­pa­per did not ad­dress that in its re­port. An Ap­ple Watch can record au­dio and can sync that later with an iPhone over a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion.

The news­pa­per's ac­count did not elab­o­rate on how the Ap­ple Watch synced that in­for­ma­tion to both the phone and Khashoggi's iCloud ac­count.

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