Saudi Arabia Preparing to Admit Journalist Died During Interrogation


(71 Republic) – Saudi Arabia is preparing a report admitting that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi died during a Saudi interrogation at their consulate in Turkey, according to multiple reports on Monday.

A source cited by CNN said that the report will likely find that the action was carried out without permission, and that those who were involved will be held responsible, marking a dramatic shift in the narrative offered by the kingdom.

However, one of two CNN sources said that the report is still in the midst of being prepared and said caution should be had as what it says could change.

Mr. Khashoggi was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in Turkey on Oct. 2, and Saudi authorities had maintained that the journalist left the consulate the same afternoon of his visit, without providing evidence.

His fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, was waiting outside for him to re-emerge that day, and said that he never came out.

Turkish authorities say prosecutors have found evidence that supports suspicions Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Al Jazeera reported on Monday afternoon.

“The Attorney General’s office is telling us they have found evidence that supports their suspicions that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul,” Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal reported.

This is a significant step forward after several days of an impasse.”

The Attorney General’s office also said their team inside the consulate found evidence of “tampering”, the Middle Eastern news agency reported.

Turkish authorities have an audio recording which indicates that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish officials have told multiple new agencies.

Saudi Arabia still formally claims it had no involvement in the disappearance of the columnist.

The Case of the Apple Watch

Initial reports from the pro-Turkish government newspaper Sabah says the government claimed that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was recorded both with video and audio on his Apple Watch and transmitted to his Apple iPhone which his fiancé had outside.

The claim was since dropped down to just an audio recording that was reportedly uploaded to iCloud, a recording that the columnist started as he walked into the Saudi building on Oct. 2 as his fiancé waited some distance away on the street.

However, technology websites such as 9to5Mac have pointed out that for the missing journalist to have uploaded the recording instantly to iCloud, he would have had to been connected to Wi-Fi, as Turkey has no LTE network that supports the Apple Watch.

Even if the columnist was able to upload the recording, the Sabah newspaper reported that the interrogators forced Khashoggi to open his Watch with his fingerprint, which is not a function of the device, unless it is unlocked by a finger on a partnered iPhone.

Some analysts have pointed out Sabah’s story inconsistencies and that it is more likely that Ankara bugged the Saudi Arabian consulate, and would make more sense as it would fall in line with the original Turkish claim that they had video and audio.

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