Saudi Arabia ‘hacked Amazon boss’s cellphone’, says investigator



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Mr Bezos’ textual content messages to his lover have been printed by the Nationwide Enquirer

An investigator for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos says that Saudi Arabia hacked Mr Bezos’s cellphone and accessed his information.

Gavin de Becker was employed by Mr Bezos to learn the way his personal messages had been leaked to the Nationwide Enquirer tabloid.

Mr de Becker linked the hack to the Washington Publish’s protection of the homicide of Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia has not but commented on the allegation.

Mr Bezos owns the Washington Publish.

Mr de Becker mentioned he had handed his findings over to US federal officers.

“Our investigators and several other specialists concluded with excessive confidence that the Saudis had entry to Bezos’ cellphone, and gained personal data,” he wrote on the Each day Beast web site.

Mr de Becker’s findings come after Mr Bezos in February accused the Nationwide Enquirer’s mother or father firm American Media Inc (AMI) of blackmail, saying it had threatened to publish his intimate photographs until he mentioned that the tabloid’s reporting was not politically motivated.

Mr de Becker mentioned that AMI had additionally demanded that he say his investigation had concluded that AMI had not relied upon “any type of digital eavesdropping or hacking of their newsgathering course of”.

He alleged that the Saudi authorities had focused the Washington Publish – for which Mr Khashoggi had been writing.

“Some People might be stunned to be taught that the Saudi authorities has been very intent on harming Jeff Bezos since final October, when the Publish started its relentless protection of Khashoggi’s homicide,” Mr de Becker mentioned.

“It is clear that MBS considers the Washington Publish to be a serious enemy,” he added, referring to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

US officers have mentioned that Mr Khashoggi’s homicide would have wanted Prince Mohammed’s approval, however Saudi Arabia has denied that he was concerned.

The Saudi embassy in Washington has not responded to a request for touch upon Mr de Becker’s allegation, Reuters reported.

In February, the Saudi minister of state for international affairs mentioned Saudi Arabia had “completely nothing to do” with the Nationwide Enquirer’s reporting on Mr Bezos’ affair.

AMI has not but commented on Mr de Becker’s allegations. The corporate has beforehand mentioned that it acted lawfully in its reporting of Mr Bezos’ private life.

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