A Turkish newspaper has argued that missing Washington Post journalist and Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Instabul – and that the murder was registered on the man's Apple Watch.
However, the Apple Watch part of the claim seems unlikely …
The Turkish government was originally reported to have both audio and video evidence of Khashoggi been interrogated, tortured and murdered inside the consulate before his body was deleted and removed.
This claim has since been downgraded to audio recording only. CNN reports that Sabah claims that this was from the journalist's own Apple Watch.
Khashoggi turned on the shooting feature of his Apple Watch before joining the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, according to Sabah newspaper.
The moments of his "interrogation, torture and killing were sound recorded and sent to both his phone and iCloud," reported the government, privately-owned newsprint. The Turkish newspaper said that talks of men involved in the reported murder were registered.
Security forces leading the investigation found the audio file inside the phone Khashoggi left with his fiancee, according to Sabah.
The story is then that the recording was transferred from Khashoggi's Apple Watch to its iPhone, which was a bit far away outside the consulate's perimeter sport.
This does not seem as likely. It seems too far for Bluetooth transmission, and the report specifically says that the upload was uploaded to iCloud – which would require a mobile data connection.
There are apps that look up on Apple Watch and upload the recording to iCloud, automatically downloading a copy to iPhone. I use such a self, Just Press Record. But this requires a mobile data connection, either LTE or Wi-Fi.
Turkey does not have a mobile operator supporting LTE versions of Watch, eliminating the possibility, so we had to believe that Khashoggi was able to connect to a Wi-Fi network in the consulate.
It is possible, if it is not likely, but there is a greater reason to doubt the accuracy of the report.
By checking the clock, Sabah reports that Khashoggi's attackers attempted to unlock Apple Watch with multiple password attempts. Ultimately, Khashoggi uses fingerprints to unlock the smart clock. They managed to delete only some of the files, Sabah reported.
There is of course no way to open an Apple Watch with a fingerprint directly. The closest thing you can get is to unlock an iPhone with Touch ID, which also unlocks a connected Watch – but it would not be possible in this case that his iPhone was said to be in possession of his fiance.  So the story makes no sense. Who raises the question why a newspaper seen by someone like a mouthpiece for the Turkish government would make the claim.
CNN intelligence and security analyst Robert Baer doubts the claim saying that it was too far for a Bluetooth connection and that Khashoggi had not expected to submit an entry in advance. "I think what happened, apparently, the Turks have the Saudi consulate wired, they have transmitters," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper.
"The Turks do not trust any diplomats, and they have been in most embassies and most consulates in Turkey, and they listen to what's happening – and if there are cassettes that show that he was assassinated, I think so are probably how they know, but the Turks are very reluctant to admit it. "
It would also make sense of the original requirement that the Turkish government had video evidence. Since Apple Watch has no ability to record video, it uses as an explanation of the recording, requiring the requirement to be downgraded only for audio recording.
The Saudi government denies involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.
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