UN: Saudi Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’ Phone And Then Fed Info To National Enquirer
A United Nations report suggested that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Jeff Bezos’s phone and threatened him, according to The Daily Beast.
MBS sent Bezos, the owner of The Washington Post and founder and CEO of Amazon, photographs of a woman who loosely resembled the one he was having an affair with months before the National Enquirer published a report exposing the liaison.
The alleged hack took place in May 2018, a few months after Jamal Khashoggi began writing columns that criticized the Saudi regime for the Post. Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, four months later.
Agnes Callamard, a UN expert on extrajudicial killings who has been probing the murder of Khashoggi, and David Kaye, relased a statement Wednesday that laid out forensic evidence that personally linked MBS to the hack on Bezos.
“Mr. Bezos was subjected to intrusive surveillance via hacking of his phone as a result of actions attributable to the WhatsApp account used by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” they wrote.
Bezos’ phone was compromised the day the prince sent an encrypted video downloader to Bezos on WhatsApp in May 2018. According to FTI Consulting’s technical report, analysts wrote that cellular traffic from Bezos’ phone spiked 29,156 percent just hours after he opened the video file.
The National Enquirer published private texts showing that Bezos was engaged in an extramarital relationship, and its owner, American Media Inc. (AMI), had threatened to release embarrassing photos of Bezos unless he agreed to make a public statement claiming that the report about his affair was not “instigated, dictated, or influenced in any manner by external forces, political or otherwise.”
AMI was trying to strong-arm Bezos into shutting down reports that the Saudis were somehow involved.
Iyad El-Baghdadi, founder of the Kawaakibi Foundation and editor in chief of the Arab Tyrant Manual, who lives in exile in Norway, wrote: “There’s mounting evidence that the de facto ruler of the kingdom has been trying to punish Bezos for the fierce coverage by his newspaper, The Washington Post.”