INTRIGUING: Saudi Arabia Prince Denies Hacking Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos' Phone
Jan. 22, 2020
Saudi Arabian government has declared as totally absurd, several media reports claiming the Kingdom's powerful Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) orchestrated the hacking of Jeff Bezos' mobile phone.
Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon, an American multinational tech company.
“Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr Jeff Bezos’ phone are absurd," the Saudi embassy in Washington wrote in a tweet, adding, “We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out.’
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On Tuesday, January 21, a British daily newspaper The Guardian reported that it was “highly probable’’ that Bezos’ mobile phone was hacked in 2018 after he received an infected video file via WhatsApp from the number used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The newspaper's follow-up report on Wednesday confirmed that UN investigators are bracing to release a statement about the incident.
Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post newspaper, whose columnist, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
The newspaper has covered the death, the investigation and the political fallout closely.
Officials in Riyadh have repeatedly said Mohammed had nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death and described it as a “rogue operation”.
In December, five people were sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s murder.
Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, who investigated the Khashoggi case, and David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion & expression, were due to deliver a statement.
Kaye wrote that they would be addressing “these very serious hacking allegations’’.
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