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Turkey obtains recordings of Saudi journalist's purported killing - paper

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Turkey obtains recordings of Saudi journalist's purported killing - paper

By Daren Butler

 

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's investigation into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has revealed recordings made on his Apple Watch purportedly indicating he was tortured and killed, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.

 

The report in the pro-government Sabah daily, which could not immediately be verified, emerged after a delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey for a joint investigation into his disappearance.

 

"The moments when Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured and murdered were recorded in the Apple Watch's memory," the paper said, adding that the watch had synched with his iPhone, which his fiancee was carrying outside the consulate.

 

Two senior Turkish officials previously told Reuters that Khashoggi had been wearing a black Apple watch when he entered the consulate and that it was connected to a mobile phone he left outside.

 

However, it was not clear whether data from Khashoggi’s watch could have been transmitted to his phone outside, or how investigators could have retrieved it without obtaining the watch themselves.

 

Technology experts say it is highly unlikely the watch could have recorded actions inside the embassy and uploaded them to an iCloud account. Most models of the watch require that it be within 30 to 50 feet (9-15 metres) of the iPhone that it is paired with to upload data to Apple’s iCloud, they said.

 

Even newer models that can communicate with the cloud directly via wireless require either connection to a nearby WiFi network or a type of cellular connection that is not available in Turkey, the experts say.

 

RECORDINGS

 

Sabah, which cited "reliable sources in a special intelligence department" for its report, said Khashoggi was believed to have turned on the recording feature on the watch before entering the consulate.

 

The paper said Saudi intelligence agents had realised after he died that the watch was recording and they used his finger print to unlock it, deleting some files, but not all of them. The recordings were subsequently found on his phone, it said.

 

On Thursday, Turkey said it and Saudi Arabia had agreed to form a joint working group - at Riyadh's initiative - to investigate the case. A Saudi source said a senior royal, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, had visited Turkey that day.

 

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but Turkish officials and his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

 

Turkish sources have told Reuters the initial assessment of the police was that Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, had been deliberately killed inside the consulate. Riyadh has dismissed the claims.

 

SPA said on Friday that Saudi Arabia's interior minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif, condemned the "lies and baseless allegations" against the kingdom, although he praised the joint investigation with Turkey.

 

The Saudi delegation, which arrived in Turkey on Thursday, is meeting a Turkish prosecutor investigating the case as well as representatives from the Justice Ministry, Interior Ministry, police and the national intelligence agency, one source said.

 

On Tuesday, the Turkish foreign ministry said the Saudi consulate in Istanbul would be searched as part of the investigation.

 

 
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-- © Copyright Reuters 2018-10-13

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1 hour ago, Bluespunk said:

trump’s already made clear that arms deals are more important than this man’s life. 

Ditto UK and France.

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I heard the watch was streaming the video/audio to a nearby smart phone. If recorded solely on watch, we'd never have known.... think a bit: Saudi hit team leave consulate with body yet toss phone with recordings to waiting crowd?  They may have used fingerprint to unlock watch, but the evidence was not only there, but off where they couldn't erase it.

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9 hours ago, AlexRich said:

Is it possible that an intelligence service has the place bugged

That may be the Saudi's suspicion and reason they brought in immediately an "investigation team" to go through the embassy for "evidence" - Turkey intelligence surveillance devices? But even a lap top can be turned remotely into a video and audio recorder. But the story about the Apple watch may also be true, just not as effective a surveillance device. 

 

Probably what will be more critical are any US, British and Israeli intercepts made prior to the alleged departure of the assassin team to Turkey, Saudi Embassy post assassination communications and departure of the assassin team back to Saudi Arabia. Such independent intercepts would collaborate any Turkish alleged intercepts or surveillance.

I suspect that if the US had an intercept of the plan for Saudi threat to Jamal, it would have continued to maintain constant intercepts going forward as a minimum in electronic storage and retrieved after Jamal's time of 'disappearance.'

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52 minutes ago, Srikcir said:

Such independent intercepts would collaborate any Turkish alleged intercepts or surveillance.

The sudden release of US Pastor Andrew Brunson on Saturday certainly would favor US intelligence sharing with Turkey with regard to Jamal's disappearance while giving POTUS Trump a diplomatic win.

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USA, UK, France, Russia and China are the 5 main traders in arms around the world, also all having permanent seats on the UN security council... this ones going to be interesting to see how they all react !!

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17 hours ago, pegman said:

A couple months ago when Canada called out the Saudi thugs for inprisoning a female human rights activist we heard crickets from the other G7 nations. Let's see if Trump, May, Macron, Merke

 and the others let oil $$$ decide the direction of their moral compasses again.

 

As far as I recall, despite some tough posturing from posters, the Canadian government sorta scrambled to try and patch relationship ASAP.

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