Jeff Bezos’ cell phone was hacked after in 2018 he received a WhatsApp message from the crown prince of
According to forensic examination of the phone afterwards, the message was sent on May 1, 2018.
Within hours, a large amount of data from Bezos’ phone was extracted. There is no detail of what kind of data was taken.
At the time, Bezos and bin Salman had been exchanging friendly messages after meeting at a dinner weeks earlier.
It was five months before Jamal Khashoggi – a columnist for Bezos’ newspaper, The Washington Post – was murdered by the Saudi Arabian regime, and around eight months before The National Enquirer exposed Bezos affair with Lauren Sanchez in January 2019.
The Guardian reported on Tuesday that Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos received a message from Mohammed Bin Salman’s personal phone number which contained a malicious file
They have denied wrongdoing and say Khashoggi’s murder was an accident that several people are now in jail for.
The trial was secretive and heavily criticized as a ‘sham’.
According to The Guardian’s sources, Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur who investigates extrajudicial killings, has been made aware of the apparent hack by Saudi Arabia.
Investigators there are now considering a formal approach to Saudi Arabia to ask for an explanation, their unnamed sources say.
Saudi Arabia previously denied hacking Bezos’ phone after Bezos’ private investigator, Gavin de Becker, made the claim in March.
Bezos’ phone was being examined as part of his team’s investigation into how his affair with Lauren Sanchez (shown with him in India last week) was revealed by The National Enquirer
The ‘hack’ happened five months before the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi Arabian regime. AMI executive David Pecker. Bezos’ team has claimed in the past that Pecker has a friendship with Khashoggi
Both Saudi Arabia and AMI has said Saudi Arabia had nothing to do with the publication of the story about Bezos’ affair with Sanchez.
A lawyer for Bezos told The Guardian: ‘I have no comment on this except to say that Mr Bezos is cooperating with investigations.’
De Becker had been tasked with investigating any weak links in Bezos’ operation after the public exposure of his months-long fling with his now girlfriend Lauren Sanchez was revealed in excruciating detail by The National Enquirer.
De Becker noted that David Pecker, the AMI executive behind the Enquirer, and the crown prince have a friendly relationship.
Before his death, Khashoggi had been critical of the Saudi Arabian government in his columns for The Post.