Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist-in-exile, frequent critic of the ruling House of Saud, and Washington Post columnist, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
Since then, Turkish government officials largely speaking under the cover of anonymity have insisted that Saudi security forces waiting in ambush inside tortured and murdered him in revenge for speaking freely about their autocratic rulers.
Per CNN, the Daily Sabah reported that Khashoggi turned on the wearable device to record his interactions inside, with the events of his alleged murder picked up by the watch and later synced to his iCloud as well as an iPhone he left with his wife outside:
The moments of his “interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his phone and to iCloud,” the pro-government, privately owned newspaper paper reported.
CNN wrote that Sabah reported Saudi torturers only later realized the implication of the Apple Watch on Khashoggi’s wrist and attempted to delete some of the recordings after accessing the device using his fingerprints:
Security forces leading the investigation found the audio file inside the phone Khashoggi left with his fiancé, according to Sabah.