Recordings of Saudi dissident’s death probably not from his Apple Watch

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Jamal Khashoggi could have recorded his own last moments with an Apple Watch
Jamal Khashoggi could have recorded his own last moments with an Apple Watch, but it's doubtful he could have transmitted them.
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Investigators into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi claim to have recordings made on his Apple Watch of this prominent critic of Saudi Arabia being killed by Saudi agents. However, experts doubt that these actually came from the journalist’s wearable.

On Oct. 2, Khashoggi went into a Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out again. He was wearing an Apple Watch which was linked with the iPhone his fiancé held in the parking lot outside. From the beginning the Watch has been considered key to the investigation. 

An Apple Watch connection?

Over the weekend, Turkish investigators told journalists that Khashoggi had made recordings while while being tortured and killed. These were transferred to the iPhone outside the consulate.

Experts have expressed doubt about this. The Apple Watch would have had to transfer the audio files  over Bluetooth, which is only good for short distances. It’s doubtfull it could have reached an iPhone in the parking lot.

Even if Khashoggi had a newer Watch with LTE, there are no cellular-data networks it could connect to in Turkey.

Instead, speculation is running rampant that the Turkish government has bugged the Saudi Arabian consulate. Rather than admit this, the investigators are using Khashoggi’s Apple Watch as a cover story.

Source: Reuters