Jamal Khashoggi is a journalist that was reportedly lured to a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. He believed he was picking up documents that would allow him to later marry his fiance, but it was reportedly a trap. Jamal was then held hostage, tortured, and brutally murdered by a “hit team” consisting of 15 people. As gruesome details emerge from the ongoing investigation into Jamal’s disappearance, many sources point to a set of audio recordings that prove the murder took place. And now, Apple Insider pointed out that a reporter for Sabah has made claims that at least one of the recordings were made by Jamal himself.
A reporter, Ragıp Soylu, took to Twitter to underscore the bombshell claims. That one, Jamal made the recordings, and that two, the hit team accessed the watch using Jamal’s fingerprints and deleted the recordings. However, the recordings had already been uploaded to iCloud. The belief is that Jamal’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, waited for him outside the consulate with his iPhone. Subsequently, the watch and phone linked to each other via Bluetooth.
This is apparently a plausible report because in Turkey, there is no cell function for the Apple Watch. However, the watch can access data via an iPhone or through a Wi-Fi signal.
At the same time, the reports are being considered with a grain of salt, considering that “As it stands, a number of key details of Khashoggi’s supposed last minutes are confusing or incongruent with presented evidence.”
NEW: Turkish media reports that missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi used his Apple Watch to record events following his entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. pic.twitter.com/kKCAIqHt61— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 12, 2018
One point of contention, however, is that the idea that the hit men used Jamal’s fingerprints to access the watch couldn’t be true, detailed CNN. This is because the Apple Watch simply does not have fingerprint verification. Also, it remains to be seen whether the theory that the watch and iPhone could have synced and uploaded a file to iCloud is also something that’s possible.
HUGE news by @Sabah on #Khashoggi :— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) October 12, 2018
• Khashoggi himself recorded his questioning via Apple Watch.
• Records were uploaded to ICloud
• Saudis questioned, tortured, and killed him
• Hit squad had access to watch via his fingerprints, deleted some files
• Phone had backup
For Apple Watch users, making an audio recording typically requires you to download an app. Some of the popular options include “Simple Recorder,” “Voice Notes,” and “Audio Memos,” according to iDownload Blog. Each app has its own interface and features. For example, the free app called Simple Recorder allows you to quickly transmit the audio file to your iPhone. Another app, Voice Notes, will automatically store all of your recordings, and you then have the option of sending it to an iPhone.
Until more information is released about the watch, however, we can only wait and see what the investigation reveals.