Did reporter record his own murder?
A Saudi journalist feared murdered in his country’s Istanbul consulate recorded his visit there on his Apple watch, it has been claimed.
Turkish officials now have the audio recording of the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a pro-government newspaper says. The new claim was published by the Sabah newspaper, through which Turkish security officials have leaked much information about the case. It puts more pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Mr Khashoggi, who had written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,afterhe walked into the consulate two weeks ago.
The kingdom has maintained the allegations against it are “baseless”.
Turkish authorities recovered the audio from Mr Khashoggi’s iphone and his icloud account, the newspaper said.
The journalist had given his phone to his fiancee before entering the consulate.
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 Mr Khashoggi’s icloud account.
Turkish officials say they believe a 15-member Saudi “assassination squad” killed Mr Khashoggi at the consulate.